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    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

    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

    Student Writing Model

    Huddling Together

    David deftly interweaves past events that lead up to the football game with the present events of the game itself. The author’s voice comes through loud and clear in the dialogue and in his new-found zeal for football.

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

    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

    Blog Post

    5 Fun Creative Writing Activities

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Qualities of Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Communicating

    Blog Post

    Beyond Compassion: Deepening Learning Through Perspective Shifting

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    21st Century Skills: 
    Critical Thinking
    Problem Solving
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    SEL
    Fairness
    Conflict Resolution

    Blog Post

    Conceptual Blending for Creative Thinking

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Creative Thinking

    Blog Post

    Knowing the Lake: Serving as Lead Learner

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Life Skills
    Problem Solving
    Flexibility
    Initiative
    Leadership
    Productivity
    Collaborating

    Blog Post

    Thinking Like Breathing

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Problem Solving

    Blog Post

    5 Keys to Successful Student Collaborations

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Life Skills
    Communicating
    Collaborating
    Social Skills
    Initiative
    Flexibility
    Productivity

    Blog Post

    5 Hit Shows Featuring Inquiry and Project-Based Learning

    21st Century Skills: 
    Inquiry Process
    Project-Based Learning

    Blog Post

    Getting the Sense of Sensory Details

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Communicating
    Writing
    Reading

    Blog Post

    Using Inquiry Projects to Teach Language Arts

    21st Century Skills: 
    Inquiry Process
    Project-Based Learning
    Questioning
    Planning
    Researching
    Creating
    Improving
    Presenting

    Blog Post

    Your Class Calendar as a Meeting Place: Lessons from Stonehenge

    21st Century Skills: 
    Life Skills
    Inquiry Process
    Project-Based Learning
    Initiative
    Leadership
    Questioning
    Planning
    Researching
    Creating

    Blog Post

    3 Simple Steps to the 4 C's

    21st Century Skills: 
    Learning Skills
    Critical Thinking
    Creative Thinking
    Communicating
    Collaborating

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