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    Student Writing Model

    Leaf Person

    In Bowen’s story, he imagines himself as a leaf. He gives lots of details about being blown around by the wind.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Imagination
    Environment

    Student Writing Model

    Ant Poem

    Second-grader Pheba wrote a small poem that tells in just a few words what her subject does and how she feels about it.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    A Fable

    This writing shows that the writer has a real grasp of the meaning of a fable. It has some delightful details.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    Winter Words

    Jess uses his senses to describe winter in this poem.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Seasons
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    The Missing Coin

    This story is well organized, and the sentences flow smoothly. There are lots of details and excellent word choices.

    Level: 
    Grade 2
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Imagination
    Money
    Holidays

    Student Writing Model

    Fire

    Joey, the third-grade writer of this poem, uses personification when he says the smoke can “run up the chimney” and the “ashes dodge.”

    Level: 
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Life
    Family

    Student Writing Model

    Hello, Spring!

    Connor, a third grader, rhymes words in his poem about spring.

    Level: 
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Seasons
    Nature
    Plants

    Student Writing Model

    The Terror of Kansas

    Fifth-grader Ashley begins her story in the middle of the action. After the first paragraph, the reader is hooked and needs to know . . . “What happens next?”

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Family
    Life
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    Chloe’s Day

    Erin, fifth grade, tells her story from the point of view of her cat. The closing lines bring this adventure full circle.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Family
    Love

    Student Writing Model

    The Haunted House

    Fifth-grader Tommy includes lots of details in a story that leads up to a surprise ending.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Fantasy
    Play
    Holidays

    Student Writing Model

    I Am Attean

    Nicholas, the fifth-grade author of this model, uses repetition effectively in a poem about a young Native American facing the realities of his time.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Community
    Culture
    History

    Student Writing Model

    Did You Ever Look At . . .

    Fifth-grader Trista wrote this poem to give her readers an important message.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Self
    Life
    Environment
    Nature
    Plants

    Student Writing Model

    The Civil War

    Seth, this model’s fifth-grade author, wrote a poem about a historical event and the reasons behind it.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Freedom
    Government
    History
    Rights

    Student Writing Model

    Sloppy Joes

    Molly, the fourth-grade author of this short poem, tells us something about her favorite food.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Food

    Student Writing Model

    When I Was Upside Down

    Chloe, in fourth grade, uses a repeating phrase and rhyming words to give her poem rhythm.

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Play
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    Dreams

    The word pictures in this poem, submitted by fifth-grader Sarah, paint a dreamy image!

    Level: 
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Freedom
    Health
    Imagination

    Student Writing Model

    Linden’s Library

    This model is based on an original story submitted by Elise, a sixth-grade writer. Note how she uses dialogue and details to bring her characters to life.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Fantasy

    Student Writing Model

    How the Stars Came to Be

    Sixth-grade student Laura wrote this fantasy in which the “storybook” voice sets the tone appropriately.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Theme: 
    Fantasy
    Environment
    Life
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    The Call

    Seventh-grade poet Brittany invites her readers to share in a real experience.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Friends
    Love
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    My Backyard

    Kevin, the sixth-grade author of this poem, effectively uses personification to paint a vivid picture of his backyard.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Plants
    Animals
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    Mama’s Stitches

    This poem addresses domestic violence. If you prefer not to read about that subject, please continue to the next model. Twelfth-grade writer Jessica’s words paint memorable images; her lines present realism without the aura of shame or blame.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Poem
    Theme: 
    Family
    Health
    Freedom
    Rights
    Law

    Student Writing Model

    The KHS Press

    In this model, a dialogue develops between a number of students and their advisor for the school newspaper. Notice how the dialogue takes on a lighthearted tone; it was based on actual conversation. As you begin to write your own dialogue, model it after conversations you have heard. This will help you create dialogue that sounds natural and reveals the personalities of your characters.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Play
    Theme: 
    Communication
    Education
    Work
    Occupation
    Personality

    FAQ Page

    What are learning skills?

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Problem Solving
    Communicating
    Collaborating
    Building Arguments

    Writing Topic

    A story about a holiday

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story Paragraph
    Story
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Holidays

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