The ‘Four Corners and Personality Collage Doll’ activity is basically a strategy for getting students to both define themselves and write about themselves—thus everyone (including the teacher) gets to know one another. I feel that this is a great activity to start with in the first few days of my class. Students will be encouraged to align themselves with a certain ‘corner’ of the room based on their answers to personality questions.
From there they can create a picture collage and then write a response as to why they selected the pictures they did. For the start of the year, this is a great way to get students to write in the narrative form and hopefully push them to even enjoy writing.