Eighth-grade English teacher Judy Jester shares in this blog post how she assesses her students' literacy skills and learning styles -- and establishes an interest in literacy -- by having them construct and write about an origami box during the first three days of class. "There's no one right way to start the first few days of school, but it is important to be very intentional about what you do in showing them the value of literacy and inviting them to study it with you," she writes.

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