Common Core is all about evidence! Standard One for all grades is all about showing the evidence! This is a great Anchor Chart for Textual Evidence Sentence Starters- I would modify the language required for upper elementary and middle school students.
My first writing unit of the year is always personal narratives because I think kids feel comfortable telling stories from their lives. think the term “personal narrative” is a lot for kids to get their heads around. This chart breaks it down a little.