1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will write a personal narrative about their best day of
Teacher Materials: Selected books:
- Thank You, Mr. Falker, Patricia Polacco
- Mr. Lincoln's Way, Patricia Polacco
- Lily's Purple Plastic Purse, Kevin Henkes
- Chrysanthemum, Kevin Henkes
- Graphic organizer (web or 8 squares)
- Writing paper
- Read a selected story/stories.
- Discuss what happened that made the day (in the story) so great.
- Pre-write (plan). Have students brainstorm ideas about their best day of
Mention that they may draw experiences from preschool, as well.
- Have students turn to a partner and share ideas about their best day in
- Model the use of the graphic organizer using one of the shared stories.
- Write. Have students create their own graphic organizer, starting with their
- Using their graphic organizers, have each student write draft sentences
about his or her best day at school.
- Give students time to assess their papers, using the student checklist.
- Let students share their completed stories with a partner, in small groups, or
through the "author's chair."
- Tally all students' self-assessed scores on the rubric for each of the Six
Traits to ascertain the class' strengths and weaknesses.
Writing Prompt: Write about the best day you have ever had at school. Give lots of
details so your reader can picture the thing that happened.
Exemplary Example (pdf)
IDEAS AND CONTENT:
- The topic is narrow and manageable (i.e., What happened during a walking report
- The pacing is well controlled and moves nicely from beginning to end.
- The writer's voice is personal and engaging.
- The language and phrasing are natural. (Example: "We sang Zip-a-dee-do-da.")
- The student uses a variety of transitions between sentences and
- The punctuation is accurate (i.e., the student appropriately
hyphenated "Zip-a-dee-do-da"). Spelling is also generally correct.
Average Example (pdf)
IDEAS AND CONTENT:
- The writer attempts to support ideas, but the reader is left with questions. For
example: "We used water and slip." What is "slip"?
- The sequencing shows some thought and logic. However, while the topic is
supposed to include one day, the writer includes activities spanning more than one
day. The writer occasionally supports the main topic, but not always.
- The voice is reasonably sincere, but the writing is humdrum and "risk-free."
- Words and phrases are functional, with only one or two fine moments.
- Too many sentences begin the same way. Example: "We..."
- End punctuation is usually correct, and most words are capitalized correctly.