Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Telling Lies that Sound True: Building Classroom Community on the First Day - Section 2: Introduction--Who are you? Who am I?


Although this part of the lesson took a lot of time, I thought it was important to have every student share their two truths and a lie. It was also important for them to write them down rather than simply speaking from the top of their heads. In the writing standards, Common Core requires students to write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective, well-chosen details. This is an opportunity for students to write using vivid and convincing details. It helped them get to know one another, and it forced some students that would not ordinarily speak up on the first day of school to do so. It allowed them to practice descriptive or vivid writing on the first day. I also shared my two truths and a lie, and my students were just as interested in my background as they were in their peers. 

Throughout the first meeting I shared things about myself including my personal likes and dislikes to show allow students to get to know me better.  It might also help to model a few responses that meet/do not meet expectations.

The student work sample shows a response to the "Do Now" and a sample of a student's  two truths and a lie at the bottom of the page. In the photo, you will also see a response to the prompt "Reading is like..." from later in the lesson.  I chose this sample because it shows our work for the entire day on one page, beginning with the interest survey.  It also shows what my students think of reading and writing before we get into it this year. Not only am I getting to know them, but they are getting to know themselves.

  Student Self-Assessment: Considering Time--Reflection on getting to know you activity
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Telling Lies that Sound True: Building Classroom Community on the First Day

Unit 1: The Search for Identity: Introductory Unit
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT initiate and participate in classroom discussions by participating in activities designed to build classroom community.

Big Idea: Students develop "untruths" in order to build classroom community and become familiar with classmates

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