Hello, This is my first year teaching and I received a position as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher. I am having a little trouble creating a getting to know you activity for the first day. In addition, I also need a lesson for their summer reading books. However, my principal does not want me to grade any summer reading assignments or give a book report. I was thinking on giving some sort of in class writing assignment for the summer reading and use it as the first piece to go into their writing portfolios. If anyone can give me any suggestions or advice it would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anyone can recommend trade books to read with my students through out the year that would also be greatly appreciated. Thank you.