This is a 10 day unit plan for a narrative essay with the theme "My Personal Hero." The unit includes an idea generating activity using video from CNN heroes to help students identify traits and characteristics of a hero, brainstorming activities to develop student's personal idea of a hero, graphic organizer to organize ideas, mini lessons on the introduction and conclusion of an essay, and self and peer revision evaluations. Each day of the unit is detailed with activities and helpful suggestions for implementation. A suggested grading rubric is included. Common core standards are identified.