One of my most successful writing activities is done at the beginning of the school year. My students and I make portfolios about ourselves, explaining our favorite things - food, restaurants, movies, books, people, pets - anything! "My Favorite" Back to School Writing Activity is a compilation of everything I use to implement this in my classroom.
I have finally aligned the project with common core standards and put it on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I hope others find it as rewarding to make with students as I do!