Survival Guide for the 10th Grade Congratulations! You have made it to the very last week of school. Think back over the year at Davis School for Independent Study. I’d guess you were a bit excited, a bit nervous and may have had a question or two about what life would be like here. As an experienced veteran, you have special knowledge and experience to share; you are an expert on 10th grade. Your assignment is to write a five-paragraph letter to next year’s 10th graders. Remember to begin your letter with a date and the proper salutation and end it with your signature. Paragraph 1 What was 10th grade like? Did you find the year to be fun? Hard? Challenging? Exciting? Confusing? Crazy? Good? Easy? Explain your thoughts. Write at least ½ page answering this question. Briefly describe your overall impressions about the past year. Remember there is no right or wrong answer. Paragraph 2 What things did you study in Science, English, Social Studies, Math, and so on? What assignments were the best and which were the hardest? Which seemed like a total waste of time (also known as busy work)? Answer this question in a longer statement between ¾ and 1 page in length. It will make your letter interesting to read if you explain why you liked or disliked certain activities or assignments. Focus on the subjects studied and assignments you had to complete. Paragraph 3 What’s the best way to maintain a good relationship with your DSIS teacher? What can you do, or not do, to contribute to a difficult relationship? Here is your chance to offer some great advice to next year’s 10th graders. Let them know what teachers like and don’t like; how one should and should not behave in Independent Study. Be honest in your assessment. Your response should be between ½ and ¾ of a page in length. Paragraph 4 Listed below are some questions that a new student might have. Select a minimum of five questions to answer. You need to write the question and the response. 1. What is the best way to make friends at school? 2. What is the best thing that happened to you at school this year? 3. What is the worst thing that happened to you at school this year? 4. What should you bring to class each week? 5. What electives did you like the most? Why? 6. Is it hard to get good grades at DSIS? 7. Who is a good person to talk to if things at school are not going well? 8. Any other information you wish you had when you started 10th grade? Your answers may be short—but remember your goal is to provide expert advice to next year’s students. Paragraph 5 Identify three things you think are MOST important for success in school and share them in your letter. As this is your last paragraph, if you have anything else to add, please do so. End your letter by signing it. SPECIAL NOTES: You should submit your letter with a cover page on which the title “Survival for 10th Grade”, your name, and the date are neatly written. Include a color illustration depicting some aspect of 10th grade.