“In the real world of the semester, the first class offers a never-to-be-recaptured moment of excitement and opportunity … I think a literature course should begin, on the very first day, with a sample of the most stirring, memorable text you plan to read.”

Elaine Showalter (Teaching Literature, 46)

The first day of class in a literature classroom is one that goes unused by most. College educators have identified this issue and it has been circulating discussion for some time. As a result, The National Council of Teachers of English have provided various examples of what other college professors do on the first day of their class:

What Works for Me: First Day Activities 

In addition, here are some journals that have also covered the first day class: