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    Student Writing Model

    Sweet Spring

    This writing has delightful details and a clear voice.

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

    Student Writing Model

    Parrots

    First-grader Traci begins and ends her report with a main idea about parrots: they are pretty, colorful birds.

    Level: 
    Grade 1
    Mode: 
    Research Writing
    Form: 
    Report
    Theme: 
    Animals
    Science

    Student Writing Model

    Happy Easter

    This model is based on a story submitted by first-grader Ashley. Her story has a main character with a problem. The problem is solved in an interesting way.

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Blog Post

    How to Find Open-Education Resources

    Blog Post

    5 Social-Emotional Strategies for Teenagers

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Limbic System
    Cortex
    Peer Pressure

    Blog Post

    Why Project-Based Learning Motivates Students

    21st Century Skills: 
    Project-Based Learning
    Collaborating
    Problem Solving
    Productivity

    Blog Post

    Support Students Through Trying Times

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Limbic System
    Cortex
    SEL
    Stress
    Mindfulness
    Self-Care
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Make Way for Writers' Notebooks

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Writing to Learn
    Prewriting

    Blog Post

    Teach Revision with Writing Models

    English Language Arts: 
    Revising
    Reading
    Writing Process

    Blog Post

    Empower Students with Choice

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing to Learn
    21st Century Skills: 
    Writing

    Blog Post

    Thinking with Brain and Body

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Mindfulness
    SEL
    Social-Emotional Learning

    Blog Post

    Teach “Out There” Thinking

    21st Century Skills: 
    Visual Literacy
    Audio-Visual Project
    Creative Thinking
    Creating

    Blog Post

    ELA and SEL: Partners in Learning

    English Language Arts: 
    Writing
    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    SEL
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Emotion

    Blog Post

    Youth in Crisis: Address Pervasive Sadness

    Social-Emotional Intelligence: 
    Sadness
    Social-Emotional Learning
    Emotion
    Anger
    Fear
    Brain and Nervous System

    Blog Post

    How to Create Engaging Writing Prompts

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