I'm a new English teacher starting next week. I just wanted to pick everyone's brain to see what ideas there are out there. The class contains students from 9-12 grades (Dept. of Juv. Justice). I plan on introducing myself and then having the students introduce themselves. Then I thought about pairing them and having them interview each other and then stand up and introduce the person they interviewed. Finally, I thought I might give a writing assignment with a "introductory" type question. Such as, "If you could be an animal, what would it be and why" ? These are just preliminary ideas. I'm open to suggestions.