We have done journals, we have done the toast for change, but the most eye-opening activity for everyone involved has always been, year after year, the Line Game. The resources below provide information, lesson plan details, pre-made questions, extension activities and more!
The best part of doing the Line Game with students are the statements that they themselves come up with and the ownership that they take. I have always been very strict about students being silent, and they have always enforced this without me needing to do much. The transformation in students as a result of this SILENT line game, of which they are not allowed to talk about outside of our classroom walls, is amazing. Students gain a greater respect for one another and their life experiences. Students they previously couldn't remember another student's name, start to get to know one another, and often become friends within the walls of that classroom, and then beyond. The safety, comfort, trust, and respect established by the Line Game is absolutely amazing. In hindsight, I wish I did something like this with ALL of my classes, not just my AVID class when I taught. Hopefully you can learn from my mistake!