A great beginning of the year activity for any middle school grade level, this activity requires students to write a presidential speech. It enables students to reflect on their own positive qualities and forces them to think about the changes they want to see in society. It also allows the teacher to evaluate the students' writing proficiency in a fun and engaging way. My students love this activity and since I hang all of them on the wall, they are able to really take pride in their work. As an extension, have the students read their speeches to the class or a small group.