This is a 3-4 day mini-unit, meant to introduce students to specific criteria for essay writing in the upper elementary to middle school grades. I have used this early in the year with my seventh grade students. I have shared this with colleagues who have enjoyed using it as well. Activities are all with both the struggling student and the advanced student in mind. Daily lesson plans, hand-outs, student-friendly article, rubric and self-reflection printables included.