Personal Essay: Grade 4 Writing Unit 2

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PowerPlusWaterMarkObject357831064Personal Essay: Grade 4

Writing Unit 2

Unit Title: Personal Essay

Duration: 3 weeks


  1. Writers generate ideas for writing personal essays.

  2. Writers learn strategies for good personal essay writing.

  3. Writers learn strategies for revising personal essays.

  4. Writers learn strategies for editing personal essays.

  5. Writers publish and share personal essays.


  1. On-Demand Personal Essay Pre-Assessment

  2. Writer’s notebooks

  3. Writing folders with notebook paper

  4. Anchor charts:

  1. Enlarged copies of the following:

  • The Genuine Van Gogh,” from Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2

  • Lessons in Friendship” from Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2

  • Doing the Right Thing” sample essay

  • Personal Essay Revision/Editing Checklist

  1. Individual copies of the following:

  • The Power of Attitude,” from Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2

  • Things Are Not Always Black or White” from Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul

  • Possible Essay Ideas chart

  • Personal Essay Revision/Editing Checklist

  • Special paper for final drafts

  • Personal Essay Conferring Checklist

  • Personal Essay Assessment Rubric

  1. Two-column charts for small groups


  1. Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3-5, Book 3: Breathing Life Into Essays, Lucy Calkins

  2. Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul, Jack Canfield,

  3. Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul 2, Jack Canfield,

  4. The Summer My Father Was Ten, Pat Brisson

  5. Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney

  6. Thundercake, Patricia Polacco

  7. An Angel for Solomon Singer, Cynthia Rylant

  8. Owl Moon, Jane Yolen

  9. Assessing Writers, Carl Anderson

  10. Notebook Know-How: Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook, Aimee Buckner


  1. Spend more than one day for a session if necessary.

  2. Create permanent classroom anchor charts by adding new strategies as you go. If you choose to use a document camera to share the anchor charts from this unit, also create classroom anchor charts so students can refer to them later.

  3. Use the Conferring Checklist located at the end of this unit.

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