I started students off with a Do Now asking them to list as many reasons as they could think of for why people write. After collecting student answers, I explained that a writer's reason for writing directly influences what type of writing he or she produces.
Next, a brief lecture on the four types of writing--narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and expository and whole-class practice identifying the four types.
Lastly, students began working on a student writing questionnaire that asked them to identify their writing strengths, weaknesses, interests, and more, which they would finish for homework.
I looked forward to using the answers provided on the questionnaires to tailor the rest of the writing seminar to student needs and interests.
During my Fall 2013 student teaching experience, the first class that I was made responsible for was the Freshman Writing Seminar. This was a brand new course implemented at the high school in response to the previous year's exam scores. As such, my mentor teacher didn't have a curriculum for the course, making it easier for me to jump right in and take over.
After the "Beginning of the School Year/ Rules/ Getting to Know One Another" ritual, I took over and this was the first lesson that I taught.