- Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable for each student
- Who Am I? Example Essay printable for each student
- Expository Essay Rubric printable for each student
- Lesson Exit Survey printable for each student
- Rubric for Writing Informational Essays printable for each student
- Optional: projector
1. Write following student task on the board or have it projected for students to view.
Write a well-organized autobiographical essay that tells all about you. Title the piece ‘Who Am I?’ or create your own title. Include details on your:
- Likes and Dislikes
- Goals and Aspirations
- Life-changing Experiences
2. Either make one copy of the Who Am I? Example Essay printable for each student or create your own essay. The latter is recommended to serve as a means of better connecting with your students. If you decide to create your own autobiographical essay, you may want to complete a copy of the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable and display it using a projector. Otherwise, display the blank the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable for the class to view together.
3. Print copies of the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable, Who Am I? Example Essay printable, Expository Essay Rubric printable, Lesson Exit Survey printable, and Rubric for Writing Informational Essays printable for each student.
Step 1: Have students answer the following: What is one word or phrase that you would use to describe yourself? What person or experience do you think made you that way?
Step 2: Inform students that you will be reading a brief piece that will allow them to learn a bit more about you. Read aloud your model autobiographical essay.
Step 3: Reveal and explain the task to students (listed in the "Set Up and Prepare" section above). Distribute the Writing to Inform rubric printables, the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? and Who Am I? Example Essay printables to the students.
Step 4: Review the rubric with the class and make sure that all students understand the requirements of the task. Display a copy of the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable on a projector. Then explain how to complete each section of the organizer.
Step 5: Have students complete the first two sections of the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable.
Step 6: Students will fill in the remainder of the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable independently.
Step 7: After completing the Reflection Worksheet: Who Am I? printable, students should use the information to write an essay draft using the Who Am I? Example Essay printable as a model.
- Set students up in partnerships and have them conduct peer revising and editing.
- Plan a publishing party to celebrate student writing. If possible, invite parents and staff. Post student writing throughout the room and allow time for guests to peruse. Allow a few students to orally present their pieces.
Students will ask parents, older siblings, and other members of their household the following question: "How do you feel that living with you influences me?" Instruct students to use the responses of their family members to add details to their "Who Am I" essays.
- Students use completed graphic organizers to write the first draft of their "Who Am I" essays.
- Students use thesauruses to revise their first drafts to make essays more engaging.
Use the Rubric for Writing Informational Essays printable to assess student writing.
- Create autobiographical essays
- Use appropriate adjectives to describe themselves
- Use a graphic organizer to plan their written pieces
Students complete the Lesson Exit Survey printable at the conclusion of the lesson.