A lesson about self-reflection at the end of a calendar year
The end of the year is a busy time for many people. It is also a time that naturally lends itself to reflection. So often we get caught up in the business of the season and don’t provide proper time to do some self-reflection and set new sights for the year to come. Give your students an opportunity to practice self-reflection in class…and practice literacy skills at the same time!
In this lesson, students will respond to 12 different quotes by providing a concrete connection to their life in 2017. The quotes prompt reflection on events or moments when students were brave, engaged, defiant, dedicated, joyful, and to recall what was a great read, what media accurately depicts their past year, and helps them plan for a successful 2018.
This lesson is designed to meet your unique needs in the classroom this coming month. The lesson can work as:
• a whole class activity in a seminar format,
• to get antsy students up out of their seats to do a walk-about and respond,
• an opportunity to let students get creative in expressing their reflections, or
• simply a seat + homework assignment.
This detailed lesson includes:
- ‘How to Use’ guidance sheet
- Teacher notes, including
* A warm-up idea
* Ideas for seminar, gallery, and creative expression formats
- Ready to print student self-reflection guide, complete with:
* 12 quotes (in the student self-reflection guide and on 12 separate cards to use around the room or in small groups!)
* Different prompt after each quote on the student self-reflection guide to spur reflection using concrete examples from 2017 (on the 12 quote cards as well!)
- Reflection Writing Assignment
* 3 prompts from which students can choose from to showcase their writing and reflection skills
Skills developed in this lesson:
- Using descriptive writing to reflect upon one’s experiences
- Responding to text using personal connections
- Composing a letter
- Using examples to support a statement
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