First Week of School Activity or a Creative Book Report Any Time of Year

An opening of school lesson plan tale for the ages. Or you could just scroll to the bottom and download the handout and PowerPoint.

“I have a great first week of school activity!” shouted Mr. 1973. “I can assign a 29-page article on educational theory and have students answer study questions. Can someone point me to the ditto machine?”

“Just make sure you have your common core standards documented and be sure to document the interventions you made for students who don’t do well and make sure you document how you accommodated the lessons to individualize instructions for all learning modalities and don’t forget–”

Mr. Havneverbeeninaclassroom, the new curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, was struck on the head by a metal spike, followed by a lightning bolt to Mr. 1973’s mid-section.

Copies of a First Week of School Activity that could also be used as a creative book report any time of year rained down upon the staff.

To prove this actually happened, I now share the First Week of School Activity that could also be used as a creative book report with you.

In honor of Mr. Havneverbeeninaclassroom: The Common Core Standards

  • Ditto MachineW.9-10.2a – Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings); graphics (e.g., figures, tables); and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  • W.9-10.6 – Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
  • SL.9-10.5 – Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
  • RL.9-10.2 (Book Report Option) – Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • RL.9-10.3 (Book Report Option) – Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
  • RL.9-10.10 (Book Report Option) – By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

In honor of Mr. 1973: The Handout

In honor of Mr. 2003: The PowerPoint

If you’re using this as a creative book report, just edit the questions to make it fit.

Procedures

  1. Distribute the handout.
  2. Show the Powerpoint.
  3. Instruct.

Here’s my very own “Songs of Myself” CD cover.

Songs of Myself Template and Instructions

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