After attending the Edscape Conference (2012) and meeting Tim Needles, an art teacher in Long Island, I am inspired by his What's Your Sentence? Assignment. In the "What's Your Sentence?" assignment students are asked to imagine what goals they would like to achieve in their lifetime then write it in the future as if they've completed it. The assignment is totally apropos to Beyond RMS. Thus, students in BRMS Fall 2012 created their own sentences about their goals and achievements thirty years from now. Below is a short video of the sentences students created.

Period 3:

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

Period 4:

Make your own photo slideshow at Animoto.

Below is the video that Tim Needles' class put together for ideas. Hopefully, this video will inspire my own students to write and create their own original and personal sentences of what they aspire to.

For more ideas and video inspiration you can check out Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates us, and originator of What's Your Sentence.

As legend has it, Clare Booth Luce, a journalist and one of the first women to serve in Congress, paid a visit to a young President Kennedy. She told him that “a great man is a sentence.” By that she meant the life’s work of any successful leader should be summed up into one sentence. She said she feared that Kennedy didn’t have a sentence but a muddled paragraph—and that he risked losing focus by trying to do too much.

Dan Pink suggests asking yourself, “What’s my sentence?” In other words, how can you summarize the mission of your work clearly and concisely?

The Assignment: Students will create an original and unique sentence that summarizes the mission of their life clearly and concisely. What do you want to be remembered for? Students will write and illustrate their sentence and then create a video montage of the sentences presented.
Grading Rubric

What's Your Sentence
(Originality, Clarity & Summary)
Sentence lacks clarity, originality;
does not summarize mission of
work and life long goals
Sentence is clear and concise;
offers insight into lifelong goals.
Sentence is unique,
clear, and concise.
Summarizes mission
of work and lifelong goals
Graphic Representation
Sentence lacks graphic
illustration and or mixed media
of sentence
Graphic representation
supports sentence goals
and ideas
Graphic Representation
helps convey sentence;
Graphics could stand
alone to present ideas
Use of Class Time
Student needed constant
reminders to stay on task
Student used class wisely; sometimes needed reminders to stay on task
Student worked diligently
during class time
Helping others and
promoting a positive
learning environment.