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Preinstructional Planning

During Instruction

Post Instructional

Preinstructional Planning



  • 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

During Instruction

Set Up

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:

  • Family
  • Personality
  • 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.

Lesson Directions

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.

Lesson Extensions

  • 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.

Home Connections

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.

Post Instructional


Lesson Assessment

Use the Rubric for Writing Informational Essays printable to assess student writing.

Students will:

  • 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.

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