You will not regret it! Provide students with a strategy for making choices with this activity on comparing two options.
Define what qualities make someone a good student. Explain why other people should admire this person.
Explain what you like most about living in our city. Think about the homework you have in the 4th grade and explain how homework might differ in middle school. With these three ideas, your students will be well on their way to producing informative and interesting exposition, both in and out of school.
Define several qualities that make someone a good leader, and explain how you can work to better embody those principles. For example, have each student describe something without naming it, and have other students read the description and try to guess what the object is. Explain several reasons that a uniform might be more convenient for students than choosing their own clothes.
Choose your favorite book and explain what elements made it a good book. They should then follow the steps exactly as written to attempt to complete the task. And if you can get middle school students excited about writing, well, miracles have taken place!
What will you put in your locker?