Standard: SL.9-10.1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

Learning Target: Students will be introduced to each other, the teacher, and the class.

Activator: Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo

Welcome back to school, everyone! I hope you’re all excited for the 2014-2015 school year, because I know I am!

We’re going to start off this school year with a little introductory game I like to call Two Truths and a Lie. The rules are pretty simple – you make up three statements, one of which is a lie. You share them with the class and then we have to guess which statement is the lie. Make sense? Great! Here’s mine:

  1. I got married last year.
  2. I had a baby last year.
  3. I bought a house last year.

Tough one, right? I’ll share the answer with you after you guys take a guess.

Anyway, after we finish with our little introductory game, I would like to give you all the opportunity to introduce yourselves to me a little more formally via a letter of introduction . One thing you guys should know about me is that I always try to write when you write, so as you are working on your letter, I will be writing my own to you.

I will finish me letter at home tonight and share it with you tomorrow! And also tomorrow, I would like for you all to share your letters with the class. I try to write back to you, too :) So if you didn’t finish your letter in class, make sure you do so for homework.

Happy first day, everyone!!

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