Trying to keep your seniors engaged, motivated and working until the very end but don't know how? This Senior Year Memory Book is your answer!
Students will write, photograph and research information relevant to their current and future lives. This project can last anywhere from one to three weeks depending on you. After completion, you can have a graduation celebration where everyone shares their memory books and signs the autograph pages. Students can grade each other's work using the included rubric so that you don't have to grade the projects yourself! A win-win!
Memory Book Includes
1. Cover Page
2. Title Page where students write their name, school name, city and state. They also include a picture of themselves as a freshman and now as a senior
3. I Knew I was a Senior When...: this is a prompt students answer about their senior year
4. All About Me: students write down everything there is to know about them: favorite food, books, places to eat, movies, hangout spots, social media, websites, games, friends, family, etc. Then they have to make a collage of all these things either through pictures or cutouts.
5. Just Can't Help It: students write about their top 5 senior moments, favorite teachers, and more.
6. Moments in Time: students create a timeline of their senior year starting with their summer going into senior year. They include the date, event, and key details and then add an emoji that represents each event on their timeline.
7. Money Talks: students list their senior expenses and add up the total spent this year
8. Senior Bucket List: 5 things on their senior bucket list and then they check off those they actually did
9. Looking Ahead: In this section students have to write their thoughts on a prompt. Sample prompts: If I could invite anyone over for dinner..., In 5 years I see myself...
10. Top 5 Destinations: if they could take a year off to travel the world, where would they go and who would be their travel buddy
11. Superlatives: Worst Driver, Most Likely to be rich, cutest couple and more (three categories they make up themselves)
12. Thank You: students identify people that have helped them get to where they are and write handwritten Thank You cards to give to those people
13. The World as I see It: students must choose 10 events that happened during the year that impacted them somehow either locally, nationally or globally. They must include a clipping of a newspaper, magazine, or online article.
14. The top 10 tips/advice from older people I can’t learn from a textbook: students ask
several adults what advice they would give them now that they're ready to take on the world. Students take a selfie with that person and attach the photo with their words of wisdom.
15. Top 10 things I need to know about credit cards and my credit score (the stuff I wish I had learned in math class): students research information on what is a credit score and other important real-world financial mathematical concepts regarding their money and retirement
17. Instructions for Students
15. Instructions for Teachers
16. Grading Rubric: easily have students grade each other's projects (freeing you up from grading all of these - yay!) by following the rubric. The points add up to 100 total possible points for easy grading.
Students will complete the project and then number the pages themselves. This gives you, the teacher, the flexibility to choose which pages you'd like them to complete (all, only 10, etc.).
Check out some other end-of-year products:
Portfolio Project: cover letters, resumes, interview questions and more!
Discipline End of Year Survival for Middle and High School Teachers
End of the Year Teacher Feedback and Student Reflection Forms