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Embracing the New Year: An ELA Journey of Reflection and Resolutions


Embracing the New Year: An ELA Journey of Reflection and Resolutions

Embracing the New Year: An ELA Journey of Reflection and Resolutions


Embark on a transformative journey with your high school students as we delve into the "Resolutions and Reflections - ELA New Year's Celebration." This holistic activity intertwines introspection, creative expression, and collaborative learning to foster a positive start to the upcoming year.


Encourage students not only to reflect on the past year but also to set meaningful resolutions, fostering personal and academic growth through creative expression.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper or digital devices for writing
  • Colored markers, pens, or digital drawing tools
  • Chart paper or digital whiteboard for group sharing

Activity Steps:

1. Reflection on the Past Year (15 minutes):

  • Initiate the activity with a collective exploration of the concept of reflection. Prompt students to ponder significant events, challenges, and achievements from the past year.
  • Each student jots down personal key moments or experiences that left a lasting impact.

2. Group Discussion (10 minutes):

  • Facilitate small group discussions where students openly share their reflections.
  • Encourage dialogue on lessons learned, personal growth, and memorable experiences within the safety of their groups.

3. Resolutions and Goals (15 minutes):

  • Transition smoothly to the idea of setting resolutions or goals for the upcoming year. Introduce the concept of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound).
  • Each student articulates at least three personal or academic goals for the new year.

4. Creative Expression (20 minutes):

  • Channel creativity as students choose one resolution and express it through writing and/or drawing. Encourage the use of figurative language, vivid descriptions, or symbolism to convey their aspirations.
  • The goal is to create a tangible representation of their resolutions.

5. Share and Discuss (15 minutes):

  • Foster a communal atmosphere as students share their creations through a gallery walk.
  • Lead a class discussion on common themes, unique perspectives, or innovative approaches to resolutions.

6. Peer Feedback (10 minutes):

  • Cultivate a supportive environment by having students provide positive and constructive feedback to their peers.
  • Emphasize the collaborative spirit and the importance of mutual encouragement.

7. Goal Visualization (10 minutes):

  • Conclude the activity by prompting students to visualize themselves achieving their resolutions. They can craft a paragraph or draw a scene portraying the successful realization of their goals.
  • Discuss the profound impact of visualization and positive thinking on goal achievement.

8. Reflective Journal Entry (Homework):

  • Extend the experience into the students' personal space by assigning a reflective journal entry as homework. Explore how the activity influenced their perspective on the past year and shaped their approach to the new one.


Assessment is informal, focusing on student engagement in discussions, creativity in expressing resolutions, and the depth of reflective insights.

Embark on this ELA New Year's Celebration activity to foster a community of introspection, creativity, and mutual support, laying the groundwork for a positive and purposeful new year.

Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎


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