Hook-Identity book-Common Core Version 2019-2020

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MY IDENTITY BOOK (Choose your own title)


GRADE SHEET–Check off activities as you finish them!

“C” Grade



Character Sketch


Page #








✿ ❒ 3.

My Furthest Back Person—Narrative










Getting to Know You





Unfinished Sentences




✿ ❒ 7.

The Best Book I Have Ever Read--Summary





I Wish - I Hope




✿ ❒ 9.

Something I Wish My Parents Would Let Me Do





The Most Memorable Place I Have Ever Seen




“B” Grade



If I Could Be . . .






Cause & Effect





Personal Coat of Arms




✿ ❒14.

My Life Story





Attitude Inventory





20 Loves




✿ ❒17.

Wonders of the World--Explanatory





Rules of Success





“A” Grade



Autobiography (your choice)






Personal Time Line





Magazine Article--Teaching Someone Something





All About Me From “A” to “Z”





Identity, Connectedness, and Power





A Personal Perspective





I’ve Got This Idea–Multi-media Argument





My stained-glass design







Looking to the Future—compare/contrast





Proficiency Markers


  1. Turn in all activities to be graded and then edit them before putting them in your book.
  2. All writing work must be done in ink. Any art work or printed words on art pages may be done in pencil or ink.
  3. Handwriting, printing, or computer printout may be used..
  4. Your Identity Book must be in a folder or notebook.It must be decorated.
  5. Your Identity Book must have a Table of Contents. The page order is up to you. The directions are on page 34.
  6. Choose a name for your Identity Book and make a cover page. It should be decorated and show something about you.
  7. Date due: NO EXCEPTIONS!





Using the five points of the characterization star, write a character sketch of your mom or dad or any other adult who is in charge of you.















  1. Tell about your family.
  2. Tell about a time you got really embarrassed.
  3. Tell about a person you really admire or look up to (a tribute.).
  4. Tell about a turning point in your life.
  5. Describe your idea of what the perfect parent would be like.
  6. Tell about the first time you got into a physical fight with someone.
  7. Tell about the earliest event in your life you can remember.
  8. How did your parents choose your name?
  9. Tell what you like the most and hate the most.
  10. Tell about the best birthday you ever had.
  11. Tell about the best friends you have had in your life. How did you meet and what did you do together?
  12. Tell about any serious accident or illness you have had.
  13. Write about the animals you have had for pets.
  14. Tell about experiences you remember having with your brothers and/or sisters.
  15. Write about all the trips, vacations, and moves you have made in the last five years.
  16. Tell about three things you are good at doing.
  17. What do you want to have accomplished by the time you are 65?
  18. Describe the first contact you had with a police officer.
  19. Tell about your most memorable Christmas.
  20. Tell three different jobs/professions you might like to have someday.
  21. Describe your room at home. Include details about the furniture, pictures, and special things that make it your room.
  22. Tell about an incident that taught you something (I’ll never do that again!)
  23. Tell about the first time you kissed someone or were kissed by someone.
  24. Tell about something you have won, like a contest, trophy, or prize.
  25. Describe the best present you ever received and tell what made it the best.
  26. Tell what you think is the “best” age to be, and why.
  27. Choose five things you’d grab from your house if there was a fire, and tell why you would grab those particular things.
  28. Tell what happens when you ride the bus to school every morning.
  29. Tell about what your mom and/or dad do for a living. Be as specific as you can to tell what kind of work is done.
  30. Tell about one adventure you have had on your bicycle or skateboard.


Choose a person outside of your immediate family, whom you admire. Write a tribute to that person.


Paragraph 1

Start with a good opener.

Write how you know this person.

List their three most admired qualities.

Paragraph 2

Using different words, state one of the qualities and write an anecdote (small story) illustrating that quality.

Paragraph 3

State the second quality and write an anecdote illustrating that quality.

Paragraph 4

State the third quality and write an anecdote illustrating that quality.

Paragraph 5

Write a compound sentence stating the nicest thing you can think of about the person.

Write how knowing them has affected your life. Close by telling your feelings about the person.



Write the stories as interestingly as you can.

Even though the person has many good qualities, choose only three for the tribute. Use adjectives and details to flesh out your paragraphs.


A MANDALA is a picture of what is important to you. Very few words are used. Start by drawing three concentric circles on the computer–one small and two large.

Make the outside one as large as the paper and the smallest one only as large as your name.  Then draw dividing lines as shown in the example below.


Write in each outside segment the name of one thing which is important to your happiness. Your name goes inside the center circle. Drawings and/or pictures cut from magazines or made on the computer, (combined with words, if you wish), go inside each wedge-shaped space to describe the words chosen.  Some of the pictures need to be in color.


Possible topics for outside segments might be:



















fresh air











Write 10 anecdotes OR complete all 26 sentences with a complete sentence or sentences. To get automatic numbering, click on “Format,” “Bullets and Numbering,” and then “Numbered.”

  1. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  2. What is your favorite toy now?
  3. How would your parents have described you as a child (age six to twelve?)
  4. What were you most proud of as a child?
  5. What was your childhood nickname and how did you feel about it?
  6. Do you like your first name now? If not, what would you like instead?
  7. What is your favorite possession?
  8. Can you name a favorite possession you no longer possess, and describe your feelings about no longer having it?
  9. What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
  10. What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
  11. What is your all-time favorite movie? Why do like it so much?
  12. What is the stupidest thing you have ever done?
  13. What is your favorite book? What in it has personal meaning for you?
  14. With what fictional hero or heroine do you most closely identify?
  15. In what ways are you a good friend? Give an example for each.
  16. What adult is closest to the kind of adult you want to be someday? Why?
  17. If you had to be someone else, who would you choose? Why?
  18. Who is your best friend of the same sex?
  19. Who is your best friend of the opposite sex?
  20. What do you look for most in a friend?
  21. Name something you hate to do. What do you hate about it?
  22. What in life is most important to you?
  23. What do you like most about this class?
  24. What do you like least about this class?
  25. What has been the best surprise that has happened to you in your life?
  26. Which accomplishment or character trait makes you most proud?


Use automatic numbering and write complete sentences. To get an “A,” write complex sentences filled with details.

Example: Today I feel invincible because I finished the most difficult and long- lasting project I have ever attempted on my own and I can honestly say it represents my personal best effort.


  1. Today I feel
  2. When I have to do homework, I
  3. I get angry when
  4. My idea of a good time is
  5. To be grown up means
  6. I wish my parents knew
  7. I feel bluest when
  8. I can’t understand why
  9. I feel bad when
  10. Iwish teachers
  11. I wish my mother
  12. Going to college
  13. To me, school
  14. People think I
  15. On weekends, I
  16. I don’t know how
  17. I am at my best when
  18. I hope I’ll never
  19. I wish people wouldn’t
  20. I’m afraid
  21. When my report card gets to my home,
  22. I feel most loved when

The Best Book I Have Ever Read



Write a detailed summary of the best book you have ever read. Include the name and author of the book in the first paragraph. Explain the characters and then tell the plot, sequentially, including only the most important parts. Be sure to start with the exposition (setting), rising action, climax, falling action, and the resolution (in which you tell what happened to the major characters.)                                                     Write 750 words.



  1. Characters and characteristics
  2. Setting–time, place, and context
  3. Initiating event
  4. Internal response–how characters feel and react
  5. Goal–what main characters decided to do
  6. Consequence–how characters try to accomplish the goal
  7. Resolution


......    I WISH,  I HOPE   ......

Under each category, write three different things. Start the thoughts with three periods separated by spaces (an elipse.) This shows that you are finishing the thought in the heading of the box. (Notes: “Admire” means to want to be like–I admire my aunt because she is so warm and kind. Don’t repeat the ideas in any of the boxes.)


Example: I wish . . .

. . . I could visit the moon.

I Wish . . .

I Hope . . .

I Feel That . . .




I Wonder . . .

I Admire . . .

If Only . . .




Descriptive Essay--My Most Memorable Place

Figurative Language


Write at least five paragraphs describing your most memorable place. It could be a happy or sad place, or one that is beautiful or plain. Choose an idea of your own, or use one of the ideas below. Include the sights, sounds, taste, touch, and your thoughts and feelings of the place.                                                         



  • Use three or more descriptive adjectives or adverbs in each sentence.


  • Include and underline four of these types of figurative language: alliteration, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, idiom, personification.




  1. Somewhere out in nature where there is no sign of mankind.


  2. A room set for a holiday.


  3. Somewhere you visited on vacation.


  4. A place you look forward to going.


  5. The setting of an important event in your life.


  6. The skyline of a great city.


  7. The sights and sounds of a foreign country.


  8. A favorite haunt of you and your best friends.


  9. The spot where someone you love lives.


  10. The place you feel happiest?


  11. Where you feel lonely or sad.

I F    I    C O U L D     B E . . .


Complete each sentence. Choose “a” or “an” to correctly precede the noun. Be sure pronouns agree with the nouns. (Example: If I could be any animal, I’d be a wolverine because it is independent, crafty, and lives in a four-season climate.)  Use automatic numbering.


  1. If I could be any animal, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  2. If I could be a bird, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  3. If I could be an insect, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  4. If I could be a flower, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  5. If I could be a tree, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  6. If I could be a piece of furniture, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  7. If I could be a musical instrument, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  8. If I could be a building, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  9. If I could be a car, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  10. If I could be a street, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  11. If I could be a state, I’d be because . . .
  12. If I could be a foreign country, I’d be because . . .
  13. If I could be a game, I’d be ____________________because . . .
  14. If I could be a CD, I’d be because . . .
  15. If I could be a TV show, I’d be because . . .
  16. If I could be a movie, I’d be because . . .
  17. If I could be a food, I’d be because . . .
  18. If I could be a part of speech, I’d be a(n) because . . .
  19. If I could be any color, I’d be because . . .



Use automatic numbering. Under the correct column, fill in the line that is missing, so you have list of causes and effects. Choose a transitional word that will make sense.


CAUSE                                                                                  EFFECT

  1. If I touch a hot stove,
  2. I become a goodskater.
  3. IfI study,
  4. Dark and threatening clouds,
  5. Being careless with matches,
  6. Turning eighteen
  7. When I pass the Drivers’ License test,
  8. then I will fall and gethurt.
  9. Hearing beautiful music
  10. My parents will be proud of me.
  11. I will have money for college.
  12. helps me have good friends.
  13. Helping with the cooking
  14. Tellingthe truth
  15. Iwillfreezeto death.
  16. When I wear appropriate clothing,
  17. When I play mybest,
  18. my world is happy.
  19. If thewhiteand colored laundry are mixed,
  20. When the sun comes out after a new snow,

Something I Wish My Parents Would Let Me Do (not have) Argument Essay


First, tell what you would like to do and why you want to do it. Use a couple of examples.


Next tell why your parents won’t let you do it. Are you too young? Does it cost too much? Do they believe it is wrong?


Then present your best logical reasons why you should be allowed to do this thing. If possible, tell how you can overcome the reasons stated above. (For example, if it costs too much, tell how you can earn the money.)  This is addressing their counterarguments.


Write a paragraph telling why doing this thing would be a good thing for your parents. Would it save them time or money? Would they be proud of you? 


Summarize by presenting your most convincing argument in favor of doing the thing you wish your parents would let you do.  Restate your arguments in order of importance, leaving the most convincing as your final statement. 


End by explaining what your feelings will be if they decide to change their minds.  What if they don’t ever change their minds?


Write an autobiography (a story telling about your life.) Your autobiography should include five sections. The ideas given for each of the five sections are only suggestions of things you might include. This is the “crown jewel” of your work. This piece proves you are ready for 8th grade. Write at least 1500 words.  Do sections 1 through 5 before you write the introduction and conclusion, so they ae most effective.



Ideas: Write an attention getter--maybe the day your life began, the dreams your mother and father had for you, an anecdote which illustrates who you are as a person.


1. My Early Childhood

Ideas: where you were born; how your family happened to live there; memories of your brothers and sisters; how many there were of you all at the time; where you lived until you started school; your earliest recollections; your favorite toys.


2. My Summers

Ideas: a favorite summer; what you looked forward to; places you visited; how you learned how to swim, dive, or water ski; what you did when you got bored.


3. School Years

Ideas: what you remember about kindergarten; who you remember; times in school when you were proud, disappointed, or selected for a position; things that were hard for you to do; things you will remember about elementary school.


4. The Present

Ideas: how you spend your free time; what hobbies or interests you have; favorite places you visit; what you like most or least about school; what subjects are easy/hard for you; how you have changed from your early school years. Your friends, a typical day, special experiences, struggles you have overcome, things of which you are proud, electronics you use, what you do when you hang out.


  1. The Future

Ideas: Your hopes for high school, college. What you will do the summer after high school, how far you hope to go in school; what you would like to do as a career; where you would like to live; what kind of home you would like to have; the kind of life you will probably lead; your contributions to the world; how your life will be similar or different from your parents’ lives.



Ideas: Sum it all up. Write how you feel now that you have written the events of your life, your confidence in becoming what you want to be, people who have helped you along the way, how you have been shaped by your environment, plus any concluding thoughts or promises to yourself..




A T T I T U D E   I N V E N T O R Y

Please write the number from the scale below showing how you rate each item. Be sure to include the legend so the reader will know a “1" is “Never.” Use automatic capital letters by clicking on “Format,” “Bullets and Numbering” and “Numbered.”


  1. Never
  2. Seldom
  3. Sometimes
  4. Usually
  5. Always


I enjoy working with others.

I think I can do most school work. I want to do well in school.

Teachers help me learn. Reading is something I like. Teachers understand how I feel. I trust people.

Grown-ups are easy to be around. I read at home.

Learning out of books is all right. I like to be called on in class.

My classmates get along with me. I want to get better grades.

I’m friendly to people in my classes.

My parents help me with my school work. My parents expect me to do well in school. My parents expect me to help at home.

I enjoy my family.

I’m popular with students who are my own age. I understand myself.

Math is something I like.






Follow the directions in the order they are written. Use Tab Set to line up the data in columns.


List 20 things you like to do in whatever order the activities occur to you. Use automatic numbering.


When you have completed this, annotate each item with the following codes.


Place a “P” next to each item that you enjoy more when you are doing it with somebody, and an “A” next to those things you enjoy more when you are doing it alone.


Put a dollar sign ($) next to each item that costs more than five dollars every time you do it.



Put a “PL” next to each activity that requires planning.


Beside each activity, place the date when you did it last, as close as you can remember.


Place an “F” or “M” next to each item you think your father or mother would have enjoyed when they were your age.


Place an * next to each item you would want your future wife or husband to have on their list.


For example:


1. Go surfing






2. Play basketball






3. Dance






4. Read Poetry






5. Go to the movies


$ PL





When you have completed the coding, make a few “I learned . . . ” statements based on the information in the columns.


For example: “I learned I don’t need money to be happy.”

“I learned I like things better when they are spontaneous.” “I learned I need to plan more.”

“I learned I haven’t done the things I like to do for a long time.”

“I want to marry someone who likes to do the same things I like to do.”






(Adapted from The Essential . . . by Ron Clark)


Choose ten of the rules of success, and write short anecdotes about a time you used them to good advantage.


  1. When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying “Yes ma’am” or “No sir”.
  2. Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times.
  3. If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person.
  4. During discussions, respect others students’ comments, opinions, or ideas.
  5. If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger.To show anger or sarcasm, shows weakness.
  6. If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return.
  7. When you cough or sneeze or burp, it is appropriate to turn your head away from others and cover your mouth with the full part of your hand.
  8. Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.
  9. Always say thank you when someone gives you something. There is no excuse for not showing appreciation.
  10. When you are given something from someone, never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn’t appreciated.
  11. Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.
  12. Occasionally we may grade each other’s papers as a group.
  13. When we read together in class, you must follow along.
  14. Sometimes I will give rewards for good behavior, academic performances, and other acts worthy of praise.If you ever ask for a reward, however, it will not be given.
  15. When we are in transition from one subject to the other, the change will be swift, quiet, and orderly. The opportune amount of time to spend in transition should be less than ten seconds, and we will work toward a goal of seven seconds.
  16. You will make every effort to be as organized as possible.
  17. When I assign homework, there is to be no moaning or complaining.
  18. While you are with a substitute teacher, you will obey the same rules you follow when your regular teacher is with you.
  19. Do not save seats in the lunchroom. If someone wants to sit down, let him. Do not exclude anyone. We are a family, and we must treat one another with respect and kindness.
  20. If I or any other teacher in the school is speaking to or disciplining a student, do not look at that student. You wouldn’t want others looking at you if you were in trouble.
  21. Whenever you are offered food, whether it be on a buffet or treats in class, never take more than your fair share. If you do not like what is being offered, say “No thank you”, but don’t make disparaging remarks about the food.
  22. If someone drops something, pick it up and hand it back to them.
  23. If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door.
  24. If someone bumps into you, even if it was not your fault, say, “Excuse me.”
  25. During an assembly, do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in other classes.
  26. When in a line, walk single file, two to three feet behind the person in front of you with your arms at your sides, and facing forward at all times. There will be absolutely no talking.
  27. If any child in this school is bothering you let me know. I am your teacher, and I am here to look after you and protect you.Do not take matters into your own hands.



  1. Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren’t worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life.
  2. Be honest in everything you do and say.
  3. Live so you will never have regrets.If there is something you want to be, do whatever is necessary to live out that dream.
  4. Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on.
  5. Carpe diem.You only live today once, so don’t waste it.
  6. Be the best person you can be.


Explanatory Writing


Think of something you know how to do. Explain how to do it using steps in the order they should be done.  The situations below may give you some ideas.


  1. Tell a friend how to bake a cake.


  2. Show your mother how to change a tire.


  3. Explain how to do a skating trick.


  4. Tell an adult how to program the DVD player.


  5. Give the Prize Patrol directions to your house, so they can bring you your tickets to Disneyland.


  6. Tell how to operate a curling iron.


  7. Teach a small brother how to do laundry.


  8. Explain how to make pizza.


  9. Show a person from rural China how to use the telephone.


  10. Remind your dad how to referee a basketball/baseball/soccer game.



Paragraph 1

Start with a good “opener.”

In an exciting way, tell why someone needs, or would want, to learn this skill.

Paragraph 2

Describe the equipment, supplies, or other items needed to do this skill (cake pan, helmet, baseball glove, telephone, etc.)

Paragraphs 3-5 (number of paragraphs will vary)

These are the “how to” paragraphs.  Write in sequential order and don’t leave out any details.

Next paragraph

Write special tips you know to help a beginner do this skill well.

Last paragraph motivates the beginner.

This could include a short anecdote of how much this skill has meant to you, and well wishes to the beginner.


When you have finished writing, make this into a magazine article by making an interesting title, putting the title in a catchy font, using dropped cap style to highlight the first letter of the paragraph, and adding pictures.  (Don’t put headings; that would be a textbook style.)

All about Me From A to Z


Write about the following subjects in complete sentences.


A–Assistant          If you could be someone’s assistant, whose assistant would you be and what would you want your duties to be?

B–Bother               What bothers you more than anything else?

C–Collection           If you could have a collection of anything you wanted, what collection would you like to own and why?

D–Don’ts               What are the five don’ts you hear most often?  What are the two don’ts that you would like to hear more often, but don’t!

E–Enough             What two things do you never seem to get enough?

F–Families               If an owl peeked in your window in the evening, what would he see your family doing?

G–Goodby               To whom do you dislike saying goodby, and why?

H–Hero                   Who is the bravest person you can think of and why?

I–Inch If you were an inch tall, what are some of the things you would do that you can’t do now?

J–Jealous                What makes you more jealous than anything else?

K–Key                    If you were presented a key to any place of your choice, which key would you select?

L–Leave                 If you could leave something on the doorstep of someone you know who needs help, what would you leave and why?

M–Magic                What do you wish could magically happen in the world?

N–Noise                 What kinds of noises bother you most?  What kinds do you enjoy?

O–One                     If you could have only one thing for dinner every night for a month, what would it be?

P–Person                Pick out a person you know very well and describe him or her.  Tell not only what he or she looks like, but what he or she is like inside. (Use the characterization star to remind you of all aspects.)

Q–Questions        If you could ask any animal five questions, and receive an answer, what animal would you choose, and what would your questions be?

R–Rules                 Tell about five rules you would like to make for your parents to follow.

S–Surprise            What would be the most super surprise you can think of and why?

T–                            If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why?

U–Ugh                    What things make you say “ugh” when you see them? V–Vitamin    If you could invent a new vitamin, how would it help you? W–Wishes       What three wishes would you like to have come true?

X–X-ray                  Describe one of the following inside and out–an orange, a banana, a can of pop, a candy bar, your mother’s purse . . .

Y–Year                   What will you remember most about this school year?

Z–Zenith                If you want your live to reach its zenith, what will you do to make that happen?


My Furthest Back Person




Find out who is the furthest back in time person in your family.  When did they live?  Study that time period and place.    Write a narrative of an event that did, or could have, happened to your furthest back relative.


When you finish, share your narrative with a peer to get feedback and ideas for revision.   


Steps, in order . . .


  1. Make a plot diagram to guide your story.Add, in order . . .


    1. Characters
    2. Setting—time and place
    3. Conflict
    4. Climax
    5. Resolution
    6. Rising action
    7. Falling action


  2. Starting with a good beginning, write the inciting incidents which reveal the conflict and then fill in the rising action events leading to the climax.


  3. Stretch out the details of the climax to build suspense.


  4. Then, fill in the event of the falling action, making sure you tell what happened to each main character.


  5. Think of an thoughtful or clever ending to the story.


Be sure to include dialogue, pacing, and descriptions in your narrative.

Identity, Connectedness, and Power


Identity basically deals with the question “Who am I?”

Connectedness deals with the issue of my relationships with others in my world. Power refers to the sense of control over one’s own life.


Directions: Choose 10 from each category, and finish the sentences. “Bold” the category, write the ten sentences single-spaced, and then do two returns so there is a space between categories.  (Don’t put them in columns as these are.)



My favorite . . .  is . . .

If I could have one wish, it would be . . . I’m happiest when I . . .

I feel the saddest when . . .

I feel most important when I . . . One question I have about life is . . . I get angry when . . .

A fantasy I enjoy is . . .

A thought I keep having is . . . When I get angry I . . .

When I feel sad, I . . . When I feel scared I . . .

Something I want but I’m afraid to ask for is . . .

I feel brave when . . . I felt brave when . . . I love to . . .

I see myself as . . . Something I do well is . . . I worry about my . . .

My greatest asset is . . . I often think about . . .

More than anything else, I would like to . . .

If I were an adult I would . . . If I were a little kid I would . . .

The best thing about being me is . . . The worst thing about being me is . . . I hate . . .

I need . . .

I wonder about . . . I bet . . .

I feel like my mother/father when . . . I do my best work when . . .

My body is . . . My face is . . .

I feel uncomfortable when . . .

The thing I’m most afraid to talk about is . . .

I don’t want to . . . I am afraid to . . .

I wish I had the courage to . . .

No matter how busy I am, I always have time for . . .



People are . . . My friends are . . .

The thing that makes me a good friend is . . .

The qualities I look for in a friend are . . .

My parents . . .

My brother(s)/sister(s) . . . Other people make me feel . . . Older people are . . .

Younger people are . . . I wish people would . . .

I wish my family would . . . I like people who . . .

Something I like to do for others is . . . I believe . . .

I value . . .

I make friends by . . . My best friend . . .

My teacher . . .

I wish my teacher would . . .

The other students in this class . . . Girls . . .

Boys . . .

People can get to me by . . . Teasing people is . . .

When people tease me I . . .

When someone says they like me, I. People like me because . . .

People think I am . . . I think I am . . .

Someone I’d like to get to know better is . . .

Something I do for my mother is . . . Something I do for my father is . . .

I like it when somebody says to me . . . I wish I had told . . .

I stop myself from talking in class by imagining that . . .

I resent . . . for . . . I appreciate . . .

I demand . . .

I pretend to be . . . when I’m really . . .



Something I do well is . . . Something I’m getting better at is . . . I can . . .

I am proud that I . . .

I get people’s attention by . . . I get my way by . . .

My greatest strength is . . .

I can help other people to . . . I taught someone how to . . . I need help on . . .

I’m learning to . . . I feel big when . . .

I have the power to . . .

I was able to decide to . . .

When people try to boss me around,

  1. . .

I don’t like people to help me with . . . Something I can do all by myself is . . . People can’t make me . . .

I got into trouble when I . . .

I get praise from others when I . . . The most powerful person I know is. . People seem to respect me when I . . . I want to be able to . . .

I want to be strong enough to . . .

A time when I was a leader was . . . I’m not afraid to . . .

Something that I can do now, that I couldn’t do last year is . . .

When I want my parents to do something, I . . .

I have difficulty dealing with . . . People who expect a lot from me make me feel . . .

I have accomplished . . . If I want to, I can . . .

People who agree with me make me feel . . .

Strong independent people . . . If I were the teacher, I would . . .






Directions: Using a spread sheet, make a chart about your family. (Interview a parent or other relative before beginning this assignment.)  Use a header and document cells.



  1. What is your ethnic heritage?


  2. What country/countries is your family from?


  3. What do you know about your family’s birthplace in that country?


  4. What do you know about your family coming to the United States?

 Mother’s Side     Father’s Side


  1. In the topics below, write what part of your family’s heritage still exists in your life today?


    1. Special dish


    2. Traditions for celebrating holidays


    3. Tradition for special way of doing something/family rituals


    4. Special family name/naming tradition/change of name


    5. Heirloom(s) passed through the family


F.               Other






I’VE GOT THIS IDEA . . .–Power Point Presentation

Multi-media Argument


When you have a good idea, you may want to write a proposal. A proposal is a plan for a suggested course of action.  A good proposal is often the magic that turns a dream into reality. As people see how the plan can work, they begin to support it. When you present a proposal, your purpose is to persuade your audience to support your plan–to take the action you suggest.


An effective proposal identifies the need for the action, states a clear position and arranges details, descriptions, and examples persuasively. In business, many ideas are presented as a Power Point Presentation. Your proposal can be in writing, or in the form of a Power Point presentation. If you use a Power Point presentation, print out the slides for your Identity Book, four slides to a page.  A good Power Point Presentation has at least twelve slides.


This project is graded on the quality of your thinking and how convincing you are. The directions below will help you.


Write your ideas–these notes will help decide the content of each of your slides.  .

  1. Describe the audience intended for your proposal.(Who will say yes or no?)
  2. Outline the plan. (What do you want to happen and how will it work–tell details? This is often in steps or stages.)
  3. Think of the reasons people may say no and what arguments could help change their minds.Address possible audience concerns with visual aids or logical examples.
  4. Put an emphatic or heart rending summary at the end with a call to action.


Here are some ideas to help you think of proposals you can write. Or think of an idea of your own.

A class field trip this class should take

A way to earn the money to buy something big you have always wanted A vacation for your family

Feed all hungry children

A better way for the school buses to operate

A way to improve the testing scores for 7th graders How the library should work

Going on an exchange program to a foreign country for a year Becoming a professional athlete

Having your own room

A better paying job for your mother/father Getting rid of the bullying on campus

New clubs/opportunities








Bits and Pieces about Me

Directions:  Using the attached shape . . .
  1. Color section one red if you’re a girl and blue if you are a boy.
  2. Color section two yellow if you are an only child and green if you have brothers and/or sisters.
  3. Color section three blue if you have a pet and green if you don’t.
  4. Color section four purple if this is your first year at this school and pink if you’ve been at this school for more than a year.
  5. Color section five orange if you play on a sports team and red if you are involved in a non-sports, after-school activity.
  6. Color section six green if you’ve always lived in this state and red if you’ve ever lived in another state.
  7. Color section seven blue if you have your own bedroom and yellow if you share a bedroom with someone.
  8. Color section eight green if you like math and orange if you like writing.
  9. Color section nine purple if you prefer working with a group and red if you prefer working alone.
  10. Color section ten blue if you like winter and yellow if you like summer.
  11. Color section eleven green if you prefer being a listener and red if you prefer being a talker.
  12. Color section twelve orange if you like television, green if you like books.
  13. If you play an instrument, outline the whole shape with a thick line of your favorite color.

Include directions in your Identity Book so the reader will know what the colors mean.

Make a diamond shape as large as a whole page. Divide it into 12 sections, numbering the sections as shown below.  (Make the numbers very small.)  Color the sections as directed above.

Bits and Pieces Shape                                              1


2     3


4     5     6


7     8     9


10    11








Design a stained glass window 6 ½" X 8" which uses at least four colors. Choose a shape that could have been used in a cathedral. The design must represent the themes of the Middle Ages–nature, religious, or geometrical. Transfer the design to a clear transparency and fill in the sections of the window with transparent color. Decide on a title for your window and include a couple of sentences telling about the design. Write these on a piece of plain white paper and put it on the back of your design.


Coat of Arms Project

At the top, put your family name—all capitals

Personal Shield—Number the sections in any order you wish



An object or figure that symbolizes

qualities of you as a person. Draw a

charge that represents your inner

qualities or values.


Bear: strength

Tower: strength, protection

Lion: courage

Heart: loyalty, love

Swan: regal, splendid

Sun: splendor

Stag: purity, strength of spirit

Falcon: ruthless

Leopard: wisdom, agility

Boars: invincible

Griffin: valor, vigilance

Eagle: strength of mind

Crescent: victory over adversity



Red – honor, courage


Green--joined to the land, hope, joy

Blue-truth and loyalty

Black-constancy and grief

Purple-royalty majesty and justice

Orange or tawny—worthy ambition

Maroon-patient in battle & yet victorious

Gold—generosity and elevation of mind

Silver—peace and sincerity




2 Here you are to draw something

that means a lot to you, a skill you are proud to possess, or a life goal you would like to achieve. 


3 Here draw something that reflects your family background. It could be something that reflects where you or your ancestors came from, like a map or flag.


4 This section is reserved for your character—crow, dragon, jaguar, or wolf.


On the bottom banner, put a motto that relates to you and your family.


Attach a one-paragraph, well-thought- out explanation of your coat-of-arms. Explain why you chose the images to represent your family.


Faithful to the end Always Faithful Friendship & Honor Love Proved I love as I find Love and honor Courage and faith

By skill and valor By skill not force By truth & diligence Seize the present Swift and bold What will be will be Seek & you will find

Steady and faithful Heart & Hand A Steadfast Heart Strength Gives Glory All Courage :No Fear

Live Strong Faithful Forever I Breathe, I Hope God Is Our Strength The Wounds of Life

I Will Again Hope Strong In Faith Faith Over Fortune Faith Fears Not Celebrate Life To God and Country

Brave and Faithful Strong is the truth Faith is my glory Never despair I will never forget All for the good Love conquers

Ready and faithful Family first Honor and virtue Live and Love




Wonders of the World

Explanatory Writing



There are many amazing things in the world around us.  Learning how things work, seeing the beauty and variety in the natural world, and realizing the discoveries of mankind are wonders to students of science.  Choose one of the wonders in the world and explain, in your own words, how it works. 


Here are some categories and ideas, but you may choose your own.  Choose one that fills you with wonder and ask your science teacher if you need help.



Infinite space, the formation of stars, overcoming gravity, communication satellites, giant telescopes.



The variety of animals, genetics, reproduction and cells, extinction, colors, code of survival, harvest, evolution of animals by environment, ocean’s power and depth, habitats.



Formation of precipitation; seeding clouds; desert, rainforest, mountain climate zones; the mightiness of storms; seasons, glaciers.


  Discoveries & Inventions of Mankind

Computers, photography, sound, wireless transmission, accommodations for disabilities, medical breakthroughs, bionic body parts, 3-D copying of metals and tissue, transportation, conveniences, production and manufacturing, the wheel.



Power of music, dance, art, and literature to move mankind’s emotions; culinary arts.



The mysteries of the human body, healing, attractions, conscience, society, families, development of capabilities. 


Looking to the Future

Compare & Contrast


Make a chart comparing two careers in which you are interested.   Interview two people—one in each career-- about their life satisfaction in that career.


Include in your chart the following topics:


Average years in the career

Number of hours in the average work week

Typical work schedule

Likelihood of getting the position—competition

Number of years of post-high school education

Type of training

Ratio of men/women in the field

Possible challenges in the career




After the chart, provide summaries of the two interviews. 





Directions for Table of Contents (Follow them EXACTLY)


  1. Go to File, Save as First Name space Contents.
  2. Click on the Centering button.
  3. Change font size to 18.
  4. Select Arial.
  5. Type the words, “Table of Contents.”
  6. Change font size to 14.
  7. Press return three times.
  8. Click on the Left Justify button.
  9. Change the Line Spacing to 1.5 li.
  10. Type in your first item.
  11. Click the little arrow to the right of Paragraph on the ribbon.
  12. When the dialogue box comes up, click on Tab at the bottom.
  13. Click on Clear All, and then type 6 in the Tab Stop Position at the top.
  14. Under Leader, choose “2 ………”
  15. Click Set, and then Ok.
  16. When the dialogue box closes, press the Tab key, and the dots will appear.
  17. Type the number “1.”
  18. Press return.
  19. Type your next entry, press tab, and type the next number.
  20. Repeat #19 until you have entered all your items.
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