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    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

    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

    Student Writing Model

    I Am Latvia

    The author’s approach to this report is fresh and original; speaking as the country makes the paper very readable.

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

    Student Writing Model

    The Aloha State

    The details in this report are presented in an organized manner, and the writer’s strong feelings for Hawaii come through in her writing voice.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Community
    Culture
    History
    Geography

    Student Writing Model

    The Incredible Egg

    Hannah’s seventh-grade science class tried an experiment involving an egg, vinegar, corn syrup, and water. Her observations include not only the outcomes of the different steps in the procedure, but also her personal reactions to the experiment.

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

    Student Writing Model

    Dear Dr. Larson

    This email query is clear, organized, accurate, and engaging. The author gets right to the point—always a good practice in business writing.

    Level: 
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8
    Mode: 
    Business Writing
    Form: 
    Email
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Work
    Goals

    Student Writing Model

    The Climb

    Amy, the author of this personal narrative, effectively uses voice to convey the fear she feels as she ascends a path to an area above a 100-ft. waterfall. Her expert choice of words helps to paint a beautiful picture of her surroundings.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Exercise
    Recreation
    Travel
    Goals
    Sports

    Student Writing Model

    Caught in the Net

    Kim’s essay uses narration and definition to focus on Internet addiction. This essay predates Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Skype, and smart phones. How has our definition of Internet addiction changed?

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Definition
    Theme: 
    Technology
    Health

    Student Writing Model

    The Boy with Chris Pine Blue Eyes

    Tenth-grader Lisa’s voice comes through loud and clear in this model. The use of strong details and dialogue—including the author “talking” to herself—makes this a believable essay about a student’s first high school crush.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Love
    Friends
    Personality

    Student Writing Model

    It’s a Boy!

    This model recounts an embarrassing public experience that provided the writer with new insight into teen pregnancy, single parenthood, and social stigmas. The voice of the piece shows the writer's personality and easily connects with readers. Many vivid details make the experience come to life.
    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Education
    Community

    Student Writing Model

    Take Me to Casablanca

    The 9th-grade writer of this personal narrative, Emily, uses original word choice to effectively convey a vivid image of the people and environment she encountered on a trip to Africa. The opening paragraphs communicate a sense of excitement that, by the end of the trip, is reduced to disappointment, shock, and guilt.

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

    Student Writing Model

    My Greatest Instrument

    Lindsey, an adult who uses public speaking in her career, reflects on the childhood experiences that prepared her for success.

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

    Student Writing Model

    Snapshots

    Before Facebook, Snapchat, and Pinterest allowed us to gather and store images digitally, students kept their memories in photo albums and even shoeboxes. In this historic model, Alita writes about her shoebox collection of memories. Vivid details recreate the feeling of thumbing through pictures.

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

    Student Writing Model

    H’s Hickory Chips

    Karen, in eleventh grade, shares the details of a Saturday spent working for her family’s business. Her descriptions bring the subject to life, and her ending tells the reader why this work is important to her.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Work
    Love

    Student Writing Model

    Internet Plagiarism

    Dan writes a problem-solution essay that focuses on one of the great temptations of the digital age: stealing intellectual property via the Internet. The essay begins by explaining the problem in detail and then shifts to recommending a set of solutions.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Persuasive Writing
    Form: 
    Problem-Solution
    Theme: 
    Education
    Technology
    Rules
    Rights

    Student Writing Model

    Anticipating the Dream

    Michelle (grade 11) develops this eyewitness account by answering the “5 W’s and H” about her parents becoming American citizens. The writer also shares her sensory impressions.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Culture
    Family
    Community
    Rules
    History
    People
    Rights

    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

    From Bed Bound to Breaking Boards

    In this profile of a person, tenth-grade writer Rachel remains focused on an affliction that affects, but never defines, her subject's young life. Rachel engages her readers with direct quotations and plenty of interesting details.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    News Feature
    Theme: 
    Health
    Goals
    Life

    Student Writing Model

    Student Entrepreneur Reaches for Dreams of the Sky

    Tenth-grade writer Julie develops her report with plenty of information and quotations from her subject, T. McDowell. Readers get a clear picture of McDowell’s determined business sense as well as his dreams for the future.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    News Feature
    Theme: 
    Technology
    Money
    Goals
    Life
    Occupation
    Work
    Personality

    Student Writing Model

    Mosquito Madness

    When writing about pet peeves, you can react humorously or analytically to a common, everyday annoyance. Katie, the writer of this essay, tries to be sensible and analytical about the mosquito in her bedroom but becomes (in her own words) “like a crazed wind turbine.” Watch for a second simile that works very well in this piece. Also notice how the writer feels about the breeze in the first paragraph and how her feelings have changed by the sixth paragraph—this change shows how stressed she has become.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Persuasive Writing
    Form: 
    Pet Peeve
    Theme: 
    Health
    Environment
    Animals
    Life
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    The House on Medford Avenue

    Ninth-grader Samantha’s assignment for this essay was to write a series of vignettes, loosely modeled on the novel The House on Mango Street, about her own house, neighborhood, family, and friends.

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

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