Writing Memoirs is always a great way to hit the writing standards!
This 2-Day unit will start with a journal where students reflect on individuals who came into their lives for a short time or even those who have been for a long time but are more like background music in their lives. Then they will do some brainstorming/pre-writing, and finally, they will write a memoir that somehow revolves around a lesser-know person that impacted (good or bad) their life.
You could expand this into a longer writing unit if you so wished!
This piece is a part of bigger Memoir Unit: