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    Student Writing Model

    Save the Elephants

    This essay opens with a brief explanation of a case in which a herd of elephants is spared from death, but then goes on to explain how that is not typical—that, in fact, elephants are headed toward extinction. Michelle, the author, clearly establishes the main causes and effects of the problem before suggesting possible solutions.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Cause-Effect
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Environment
    Science
    Occupation
    Geography
    Nature

    Student Writing Model

    If Only They Knew

    The author of this essay shares a personal struggle against the backdrops of two different schools and the friends at each school. The strong conclusion neatly sums up the lessons she learned from dealing with her illness and offers a positive ending.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Comparison-Contrast
    Theme: 
    Health
    Medicine
    Life
    Goals
    Personality
    Self

    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

    Diary of Gaspard

    For her history class, Samantha created an entry for the diary of a character from A Tale of Two Cities. She focuses on a pivotal event in his life and imagines what it must have been like for him.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Response to Literature
    Form: 
    Fictionalized Journal Entry
    Theme: 
    Books
    Literature
    Law
    Family
    Life
    People

    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

    Should Smoking Be Banned in Public Restaurants?

    The last sentence in Mary’s first paragraph forms the thesis for her research paper: she takes a strong, specific stand on a fairly controversial subject. The trait of “stimulating ideas” is evident as the paper’s clear purpose is supported in the subsequent paragraphs.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Research Report
    Theme: 
    Health
    Law
    Rules
    Food
    Government
    Rights

    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

    Mid-Project Report on History Paper

    Danielle, the writer of this email, presents a clear, organized message. The beginning states the email's purpose, the middle provides the necessary details, and the ending explains what happens next.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Business Writing
    Form: 
    Email
    Theme: 
    Culture
    Community
    Love
    Travel

    Student Writing Model

    Vegetarian Lunch Options at Bay High

    Karin, the email writer, speaks knowledgeably and sincerely as she presents a reasonable, thoughtful request.

    Level: 
    Grade 9
    Grade 10
    Grade 11
    Grade 12
    Mode: 
    Business Writing
    Form: 
    Email
    Theme: 
    Food
    Education
    Rights

    Writing Topic

    My trip to . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Play
    Travel

    Writing Topic

    When _ was born

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love
    Home
    People

    Writing Topic

    A special birthday

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Family
    Love
    Holidays

    Writing Topic

    The biggest thing I ever saw

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Animals
    Science

    Writing Topic

    Noisy times and quiet times

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Life
    Play
    Friends
    Family

    Writing Topic

    I'm happy when . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Life
    Play
    Friends
    Family

    Writing Topic

    My adventure

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Travel
    Goals
    Environment

    Writing Topic

    Picnic fun

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Seasons
    Food
    Fun
    Recreation

    Writing Topic

    I rode on a . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Vehicles
    Animals

    Writing Topic

    The parade

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Narrative Writing
    Form: 
    Narrative Paragraph
    Personal Narrative
    Theme: 
    Holidays
    Family
    Play

    Writing Topic

    My favorite pet

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Family

    Writing Topic

    What I know about . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Education
    Animals
    Science
    Environment
    Vehicles
    Food
    Holidays
    History
    Community
    Culture
    Books

    Writing Topic

    My favorite season

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Seasons
    Environment
    Nature

    Writing Topic

    I'd like to see . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Environment
    Animals
    Travel
    Geography

    Writing Topic

    I like to make . . .

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Mode: 
    Explanatory Writing
    Form: 
    Explanatory Paragraph
    Theme: 
    Food
    Work
    Play

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