12.29.2011

Happy New Year! Back to School Writing Activity



Happy New Year, Everyone! 
I hope you are enjoying this holiday break. I know I have not been the greatest at updating this blog, but one of my resolutions is to do a better job of sharing my teaching resources, classroom activities, and ideas with you.

One activity you can share with your students when you go back to school is this free download of New Year Activities. It includes four different activities and one that can be used for a new school year or new class (if you have a new group of students at semester or in the fall).

The first activity is a basic printable for writing a resolution. Students should choose something they want to accomplish or make sure they don't do for 2012 and write about it in complete sentences.

The second activity is a list-writing goal-setting activity with a twist. Students play off the words twenty-twelve and write twenty things that they want to do or accomplish in 2012 and twelve things they want to make sure they don't do.

The third activity is an acrostic poem-writing activity, but instead of using letters, the numbers (or words) for 2012 are used to begin each line. Students should start each line with the words Two, Zero, One, and Two (though they may use the actual numbers, it would just be read "Two..." and so on). Here's an example:
  (2) Two times I've searched
  (0) Zero times I've found my
  (1) One true love, but
  (2) Two more times might just do it.
Students can write an nontraditional acrostic and use the words in the middle of the line, as well. When it comes to poetry, anything goes!

The fourth activity involves a scavenger hunt for the students to find things in the classroom. It involves some critical and even creative thinking on their part. Feel free to tweak it to work for you and your classroom.

The last activity is a generic writing prompt for the start of the new year. It can be used for a back-to-school activity, when you have a new group of students, or any new year.

I hope you enjoy these activities! 
Make sure to download them {HERE}

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I teach high school English in Illinois; enjoy family time, baseball, collecting PEZ dispensers, and talking about anything related to my favorite books. They include The Hunger Games trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Chaos Walking trilogy, and anything written by Amy Tan.

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