I like to have a preclass activity to kick off my classes. For the last 2 years I’ve been using Grammar with a Giggle, but now I’m going to be teaching 11th instead of 9th and I think it’s too young for them. There are a couple things I’m thinking about that need to get covered at some point during the year that might make good preclass activities. * writing skills/grammar * research skills (like rearranging pieces of info to make a correct bibliography) * PSSA (state exam) prep * vocabulary - roots or other If you have any activities that cover any of those things that would work for a preclass, or 10-15 minute minilessons, please please please I’d love to hear them. I’m thinking something like Monday is one thing, Tuesday another, etc., or M-Th one thing, Friday something else (like this year I did grammar M-Th and roots on Friday). I’m particularly interested to hear about test-taking lessons (and actually, those don’t have to be just preclass length) as our admins really want to see them and I’ve never had to worry about it before. PSSA has sections on writing in response to a short prompt (like, do you think freedom of the press is important?) and on reading/multiple choice/written response to reading, both fiction and nonfiction.