Submitted: May 7, 2003
portion of this idea came from an 8th grade History teacher that I once worked
with; however, I have modified it and added to it. I am the homeroom teacher for
a 9th grade class and while this is a project better done in 8th grade, it works
well with 9th grade too.
the end of their 9th grade year, I give each student the guidelines for a letter
that they will write to themselves. This letter includes anything they want to
remember or be reminded of from the current school year, such as best friends,
boy/girl friends, jobs, goals, aspirations, favorite bands, TV shows, etc. They
seal the letter and give it to me to be returned to them at their graduation.
No one opens it or sees it until then.
I have the students make a small time capsule of things that were important to
them in that year. Items could be dance tickets, pictures, movie tickets, fad
I have the students create a video. One unrelated videographer comes to talk with
each student on video. They are asked questions about their year---friends, "gossip"
(not harmful), boyfriends/girlfriends, and are given the opportunity to say anything
else they want.
items are all returned and viewed around the time of that class' graduation. It
gives them a chance to look back (even though it's only 3-4 years), and see how
things have changed ("I can't believe I dated that person" "Look
at my hair!")
provides them with some nice memories of their high school years.