I like to tell my students something about me the first day of school. I make a list of 20 things about me including age, where I went to school, where I have lived, etc. This becomes my prewriting. I also bring in a picture of me when I was in sixth grade. I then ask them to write 30 facts about their lives. Their assignment is to go home and write a personal narrative with a picture for them to share with the class if they like. I read them all. This helps me to remember names and know something about my students. I post the essays and pictures for back to school night for parents to see their child's work.