Here's a fun graphic organizer to use with older students. The parts of the Story Hat Map include characters, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. Many of Dr. Seuss more advanced books would work well with this story map.
Thumbprint Self-Portrait. The kids make this based on their actual thumbprint and write a narrative about themselves. how old you are, things you like and don't like, your hopes and dreams for the future. LOVE this for the beginning of school!