reflect on the past year by using video journals. Using videos for student journal responses is a great way to incorporate technology, while also enforcing 21st century learning. The video journal responses address various areas included in an infographic (goal setting, SMART Goals, resolutions, making positive changes, symbolism, etc.). I have students complete the infographic once they have finished the journal responses. You can find the Student Reflection- Video Journal Responses here.
I also have a similar activity that my students do with task cards, based on characters from a recent story that we have read. The tasks encourage students to think critically about the character being addressed, and to support their answers with evidence. Approximately half of the cards require students to reflect on the character’s past year or the year to come. The other half focuses more on characterization, in general (types of conflict the character has been involved in, internal and external traits, etc.). *These task cards can be used at any point throughout the year, not just for New Years. * For a free sample of this activity, click here.
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