During those last exciting days of the school year, a long-awaited tradition is the distribution of yearbooks --and the student celebration of collecting and giving messages. Often these messages are full of happy send-offs and good memories shared. But sometimes students feel overwhelmed with the demands to write something quickly, and by default, they may come up with remarks that are trite, illegible, and sometimes, even inappropriate.
This packet gives you a set of activities to help them prepare for the chance to think and write something more individualized, and to practice using pictures from a typical annual, with hints to get them started. It includes a handout to use for a class discussion to use before the writing practice, and ends with an extension idea to give your students a chance to help other classrooms prepare for the big day when yearbooks arrive.
The packet includes a page of pictures to go with writing prompts, but you can also replace the pictures and prompts with pictures you borrow from a yearbook from another school nearby. (It is advised that you don't use your own school yearbook archives, because the practice is then harder for students. )
This packet includes scripts for you to begin the simulation, handouts for the pre-writing class discussion, and a page of prompts for writing with a page of annual pictures to go with them.
There is also a suggested extension in which your students might be able to go to other classrooms and lead a similar discussion with their peers, which might make the entire outcome of this year's yearbook celebration the best yet.
There are 7 pages in this packet, and the handout pages are ready to go! Happy endings!
Please watch for more of my creations this summer! Mary Ann Johnson