love this for the first week of school. Have kids interview each other, create a silhouette, and write a brief bio of their partner. Possibly have 2 writing samples one from beginning of year and one from the end?
This incredibly popular writing unit guides students through a study of mentor texts before they write their own memoirs. Filled with engaging ways for students to develop topic ideas, detailed planning pages, revision mini-lessons, and editing checklist
The Inspirational Life Story; Writing a Memoir to Help Others