This is a complete first grade unit aligned to the Common Core State Standards with an emphasis on R.L.1.3. and W.1.3. This unit can be used with ANY text that has good examples of characterization. The texts I used with this unit were Penny and Her Marble, You Will Be My Friend, Friends Help Each Other, and Cutie and Mongo.
The unit includes a unit plan, directions for the student performance assessment, and a grading rubric for the performance assessment. The unit is designed to last 5 weeks, with the fifth week being used for the performance assessment. In this unit, the performance assessment consists of writing a narrative story that includes a beginning, middle, end, detailed characters, and an appropriate setting.
The performance assessment rubric is a great summative assessment and can be a great student example for bulletin boards! If you have any questions or difficulties with the document, please contact me.