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    Student Writing Model

    Adam’s Train of Ghosts

    In this vintage essay, Abigail expresses her thoughts and feelings about the songwriter and lead singer of the band the Counting Crows, who are still making music a quarter century on. She analyzes the themes in Adam Duritz’s songs from the '90's and offers her interpretation of symbolism present in them.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Response to Literature
    Form: 
    Music Review
    Theme: 
    Music
    Art
    Imagination
    Entertainment
    Personality

    Student Writing Model

    My Interpretation of The Joy Luck Club

    Amy Tan’s book The Joy Luck Club explores the relationships between four Chinese American daughters and their often-misunderstood, more traditional Chinese mothers. By sharing quotations from the book, Fawn, the author of this literary analysis, intends to show how, as they grew up, the daughters came to understand, respect, and appreciate their mothers more.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Response to Literature
    Form: 
    Literary Analysis
    Theme: 
    Books
    Literature
    Culture
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    Rosa Parks

    This historical profile presents accurate information about a famous person and is written in an active, lively manner. Alita, the writer, immersed herself in the life of Rosa Parks until she could “feel” the person and events. She found ways to communicate these feelings to readers.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Community
    Goals
    History
    Freedom

    Student Writing Model

    The Killer Bean

    This report is timely, revealing, and engaging; it flows smoothly with effective transitions between paragraphs. The author has clearly gained a thorough understanding of the subject.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Health
    Law
    Environment
    Science

    Student Writing Model

    Unique Wolves

    Sixth-grader Bryan wrote this report after visiting a wolf park in Battle Ground, Indiana.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science
    Environment
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    Musical Arts

    The use of an authority’s quotation to open this editorial lends credibility to the writer’s opinion. Seventh-grader Jess backs up her position in subsequent paragraphs.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Persuasive Writing
    Form: 
    Editorial
    Theme: 
    Art
    Education

    Student Writing Model

    Mir Pushed the Frontier of Space

    This report is clearly focused around a specific thesis. It is evident from the writer’s voice that he is interested in and knowledgeable about the topic.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Science
    History

    Writing Topic

    My first crush

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Explanatory Writing
    Creative Writing
    Form: 
    Story
    Play
    Personal Essay
    Explanatory Essay
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Friends
    Love
    Life

    Writing Topic

    When I faced my fears

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Personality
    Goals
    Self

    Writing Topic

    A personal habit I'd like to change

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Description
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Technology
    Health

    Writing Topic

    When I learned something difficult

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Education
    Life
    Community

    Writing Topic

    When I traveled to . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Research Report
    Observation Report
    Theme: 
    Travel
    Culture
    Education
    Geography

    Writing Topic

    When I did something amazing

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Goals
    Education
    Life
    Work

    Writing Topic

    Looking at pictures of family and friends

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Friends
    Love
    Home
    People

    Writing Topic

    What it's like where I work

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Explanatory Essay
    Theme: 
    Family
    Work
    Money
    Friends

    Writing Topic

    How I express myself artistically

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Art
    Education
    Life
    Entertainment

    Writing Topic

    I take some things too seriously

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Life
    Health
    Personality

    Writing Topic

    Why are some people so cruel?

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Persuasive Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Opinion Essay
    Theme: 
    Life
    Personality
    People

    Writing Topic

    Sometimes, adults seem . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Story
    Poem
    Play
    Theme: 
    Life
    Personality
    People

    Writing Topic

    The idea hit me like a tornado.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Creative Writing
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Story
    Poem
    Play
    Theme: 
    Life
    Imagination

    Writing Topic

    What do I do to break routine?

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Life
    Personality
    Health

    Writing Topic

    My craziest experience in a restaurant or shopping mall

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Life
    People
    Friends
    Play

    Writing Topic

    The hardest thing I have ever done

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Goals
    Life
    Education
    Self

    Writing Topic

    My first encounter with a bully

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Personal Essay
    Theme: 
    Life
    People
    Personality
    Health

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