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I use this PDF as a practice before our multi-paragraph personal narratives. In this activity, students choose a time in their lives when they have been faced with a choice, though you can use your own prompts/topics. I collect the paragraphs as a formative check to make sure that they understand the organizational structure before moving onto the longer versions of writing. The criteria chart can be used for self- and peer-assessment.
This activity is also aligned to 6th and 7th grade Springboard curriculum, though it can be used without the curriculum.
**Newly added: A second peer-assessment sheet - we changed topics and wrote new personal narrative paragraphs. Students had their previous feedback with them. The new sheet has a new set of criteria, including dialogue, transitions, and sensory details/figurative language. A great way to BUILD up to effective writing!