I'd like some new literacy activities for the beginning of the year.
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It's always helpful to begin with a diagnostic writing assessment, and then you can teach the writing process and take kids through a number of workshops to encourage them to revise their piece using the traits of writing. They can read about the different traits, which will allow them to improve their piece, and will also allow you to model reading strategies. If the prompt is a "getting to know you" prompt, you are learning all about them and starting with a rigorous lesson that sets up expectations for literary for the remainder of the year.
I always ask students to write me a letter about why they should be my favorite students. It gives you a quick diagnostic about their writing ability and it also introduces you to their hobbies, interests, etc...
is a link that may not necessarily be on literacy but perhaps related.
For 9th graders new to high school, I use a literary scavenger hunt for groups or pairs. It has them find different resources to familiarize them with the library and promote collaboration.
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