This school year more than ever, it's important to build community in the classroom. What better way to do that than with some fun high school icebreakers for the first days of school?
Try These High School Icebreakers
These back-to-school activities will help students get to know one another while having fun and getting creative. At the same time, students can practice their writing skills, hone their math vocabulary, and tell stories using images.
1. Say It in Six
“For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” This was author Ernest Hemingway’s answer to the challenge of writing a complete story in just six words, or so legend has it. The result is a master class in using just a few words to pack a big emotional punch. Of course, six-word stories don’t have to be sad, they just need to be succinct. They can be inspirational (“From migrant worker to NASA astronaut”); funny (“Married by Elvis, divorced by Friday”); instructive (“Look mean; be nice to everyone”); and so on.
What real-life story would your students tell in six words? Tell them they can try writing a tiny memoir that aims to be inspirational, funny, or instructive, like the examples above. They might also express a state of mind (I feel ________.) Or they can construct a brief narrative (a sequence of events or a brief scene). Students who need more inspiration can find plenty of examples on the Six-Word Memoir Project website. You can also get free teaching resources on the site, including new teaching guides on writing six-word memoirs about the pandemic.
Once their memoirs are complete, have students read them aloud, or display them for the class to read. If classes are remote, make the memoirs available to all in a shared folder.
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