Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Yearbooks Are Coming!

Tomorrow, you get yearbooks (and I ordered one as well). Be sure to take your book pockets down carefully and tape them into your yearbook, if you ordered one. This is the best place to keep it for future reflections and nostalgia. When you get older, you'll love looking at a list of what you read when you were in 8th grade. Then, I've got some tips on how to sign yearbooks so that people will actually remember you. The best tip I can give you is to be sincere. Don't forget to sign my yearbook, too. I'll ask Mrs. Chason to pass it around.

First, here's what NOT to do in a yearbook message:

•Do not write a generic boring message that could be to anyone from anyone.
•Do not write an inappropriate message or one that makes fun of others. Don’t scratch out anyone’s picture—even your own. You might regret this when it hurts someone else or when your own children read it. (or your mom)
•Do not say things that you don’t mean. Stick to common memories and experiences if you can’t think of what to say.

Here are some cool things TO DO in a yearbook to really be remembered--fondly:

•Help the person remember memories you both shared.
–Were you in 2nd period together? Say so and then list some of the sensory details that the person won’t remember when he/she is 50.
–Arts areas? Talk about particular performances or field trips that you both experienced.
–Nothing else? Lunch…reminisce about the experience and how you won’t have to experience that again.

Write a short poem:

•Haiku—5-7-5 syllables
Second period
Your notes made me laugh out loud
“Talk to you later.” (ttyl)
•Lune same as a Haiku but with number of words instead of syllables
Lunch—we shared a table
You spilled hot mashed potatoes-we laughed
Mrs. Jackson made us clean-up.

Make lists:

•Top Five Lame Excuses for Not Turning in Work
•Top Five Laughable Moments in 8th grade
•Top Five Lunches We Shared

Start with famous quotes: You could print a list of popular ones & bring it tomorrow.

–Charles Dickens said “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” He could’ve been an 8th grader at LaVilla. (Then, go on to list a few sad times and a few great times.)
•Another example: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso Then, write about how you see the person’s path as an artist.

Write your note or entry in a meaningful shape like a "concrete" poem:
–Print a template and write a note inside the cut-out.
–Write in a spiral or around the border of a picture.

P.S.--Enjoy the picture of the baby's feet. They are pretty cute, aren't they?