Twelve of the "Rules for Civil Behavior" copied down by teenage George Washington as guidelines for polite behavior. These twelve rules are the most relevant for young teenagers. This a handout to give to the rare misbehaving student who needs sentences to copy.
I teach junior high. Sometimes, just sometimes, a student needs to think about his or her behavior, but is not in a mental state for deep thought - just in need of an activity to keep the hands and mind occupied for the rest of the class period. If used judiciously, this fits the bill. Obviously, these writing exercises should be just one of an abundant list of "carrots and sticks" used by an effective teacher.
Images of people, documents, and artwork of George Washington's time period give a historical and slightly humorous slant to an otherwise disciplinary activity.