First year 7th grade L.A. teacher needs help with the first day

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  1. teachnyc

    teachnyc New Member

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    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.
     
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  3. Mamacita

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    My middle school students used to make posters, advertising their books as though they were movies. It was lots of fun, and would also give you some really cool personal wall art for your classroom. We also used to rewrite scenes from the point of view of a secondary character.
     
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    Greetings, teachnyc, from Oregon!

    I have also used and had great success having students make movie posters advertising their books. My students found the assignment exciting and got really into it.

    One thing I have used in the past for the beginning of the year writing activity is have the students write a letter to themselves at the end of the school year. They write about what they think the year is going to be like: fears, expectations, what the they think their teacher is like, etc. We open the letters at the end of the year and discuss them. The kids get a kick out of hearing from their past.
     

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