I love having students think differently for "All About Me" activities, especially the older kids. This is perfect for middle school. Find a song, embed it on their website, find the lyrics, make a wordcloud, use it with an activity in Language Arts... lots of possibilities
I am a rock-simon and garfunkle "I am a rock; I am an island; I've built walls, a fortress deep and mighty...I have my books and my poetry to protect me." (poetry-metaphor, personification, internal struggle; man vs self; introversion; compare with picturebook Albert)
Man in the Mirror-Michael Jackson "I'm gonna make a change, for once in my life; gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right; I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways...and no message could've been any clearer-if you wantto change the world, take a look at yourself and make a change" (Making a difference, changing the world, looking inward, taking responsibility)
Prepare for your kids to be pumped up, beg to share, and take creative ownership of the process. This lesson includes prompts to inspire your kids to think of song titles, cards for gallery walk, short answer prompt, super-short narrative writing activity, rubric, and bonus writing paper.