This list of icebreaker writing assignments is intended for all varying grade levels. Not only are the activities meant as a fun way to get to know your students, but they also provide an easy entry point into assessing their writing skills.
Educator Nicole Sledge provides her list of top strategies specifically geared toward high schoolers. She offers tips on talking with parents, as well as laying the groundwork for the coming school year during that very first week.
Emily Liscom's Education to the Core blog is meant to put the valuable commodity of time back into teacher's precious little hands. So save yourself some time by checking out this list of activity ideas to get you started the first week of school.
This resource, found on the National Council of Teachers of English, is a great go-to if you're looking for lesson plans, writing prompts, podcasts, and important dates in history to get you, and your students', creative writing juices flowing that very first week of school.
Four big books, four big papers - that is what author and educator Kelly Gallager refers to as a 4 x 4 classroom. But the 4 x 4 framework consumed a lot of valuable class time, between prep work, writing time, and the minutiae of analyzing every reading, activity, and writing component. Gallagher abandoned the 4 x 4 practice and this blog post is a record of his - and his students - journey as he finds more innovative ways to assess students' writing.