Lesson Plan Details


Your Personality Type and Rhetoric- Digital and Paper/Pencil

This three-day unit for hybrid or face-to-face classes will change your students’ writing forever. It will change yours, too! Help your students uncover how their personalities shape- and limit- their writing and its effectiveness.

Included in this 44-page unit are fillable and editable Word documents, as well as Google Slides and a Google Form for your LMS. The unit includes background information, materials and time needed, daily scripts, a paragraph rubric, CCSS, and options for extending the unit.

(Students must be face-to-face for Day 2. Other days can be adapted for online class and group work.)

Students take an online personality test and write about its results. Then they work in groups to examine their shared personality traits and present these in poster form to the class. The class analyzes the posters for trends. After reviewing the Appeals and connecting them to specific devices, students analyze their own writing and draw conclusions about their writing tendencies. Afterward, students will be able to shift their writing to appeal to a wider audience.

Plenty of higher order thinking and collaboration are the basis of this unit.

This knowledge is the best gift you can give your student writers! You will use it with every writing class you teach.

NOTE: This unit is best taught with a minimum one-time Internet access for the personality test.

Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $6.00

This lesson plan costs $6.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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