Congratulations, you’ve survived another year full of madness and mayhem! Now it’s time to ease back into the New Year and a new semester with an awesome New Year’s Lesson!
Your students have gone home for the break, and they are all out of routine and seem to have forgotten everything, so why not do a 2021 A Year in Review?
You might be thinking that no one needs to review yet another pandemic year, but we are living history, therefore, this year is absolutely worth revisiting!
Why do a Year in Review as a New Year’s Lesson?
We review history to remember everything we’ve accomplished, reflect on our experiences, and hopefully learn how we can be better humans. New Year’s lesson plans are typically all about what we want to change or do better, but we can’t know what needs to change without reflecting on what events shaped the year, what made it great, and what challenges there were!
This 2021 A Year in Review is my FAVORITE New Year’s lesson. It requires ZERO prep and is super engaging for my students. Not to mention it’s Google Drive compatible!
Year in Review New Year’s Lesson Overview
Each year, I ask my students to choose their own news stories to read and analyze using CNN 10. In the 2021 A Year in Review activity, students begin by completing a self-reflection of 2021. Then they choose three news stories to watch, read, and analyze.
This New Year’s lesson is available in a DIGITAL and a PRINT version, so it works for distance learning, hybrid learning, or just plain old regular learning! It doesn’t look like distance/hybrid learning is going away anytime soon, so be prepared!
This lesson only takes about 55 minutes to complete, so it’s a perfect activity for one class period, or you could even break it into segments to use over multiple days!
Get your 2021 Year in Review Lesson HERE!
How to access your New Year’s Lesson
Once you purchase the 2021 Year in Review New Year’s lesson, you will receive a link that takes you right to Google Drive and prompts you to make a copy. You can save it to your personal Drive and use it over and over!
If you’re assigning this through Google Classroom, you can easily create an assignment and attach the Google Slides file. Just make sure you select “Each student gets a copy”!
Ease back into 2022 and a new semester with this awesome Year in Review New Year’s Lesson! It’s a great way to promote self-reflection as it relates to current events. I hope 2022 is your best yet, or just at least better than the last two (that should be easy enough right!!)!
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