This personal narrative writing unit is perfect for the first 4-6 weeks of the new school year but it can be adapted for any time of year; 20 mini lessons prefaced with rationale.
Further, this unit is best used within a Writer's Workshop format: presentation of mini-lesson that incorporates gradual release modeling/guidance and on-going teacher/student conferencing.
Finally, I hope you enjoy writing with your students and teaching them that becoming good writers is all about the writing process and not a "zipline" approach to an end product.
Good luck!! =)