Empowering Writers

Toolbox: Student Writing Samples

Access student writing samples on narrative, expository, informational, opinion, and argumentative writing from actual classrooms. See before and after examples, annotated pieces, and essays highlighting the specific skills taught through Empowering Writers’ instruction.

 

Student Writing Samples


“The Giant” – A Character-Problem-Solution Narrative

Narrative: The Giant Reading the book, The BFG by Roald Dahl, is one of my all – time favorite read alouds in class. The engaging story and sense of anticipation that is built up in this text along with the humor always gets my class begging for more. Of course we only have limited time […]


“The Big Hairy Giant” – Narrative Annotated Sample

Narrative: The Big Hairy Giant The student sample below showcases the use of the Magic of Three, a narrative skill that gives the reader a sense of anticipation or worry.  The value of suspense is that is keeps the reader reading. When I pick up a book to read out loud to my students, those […]


Autumn – Opinion Writing Sample

What is your favorite season and why? Write a piece describing and explaining your favorite season. This was a prompt that until recently I would have used for my students when we were working on expository writing. It required little in the way of research, we knew a lot about autumn living in the northeast. […]


“Extremely Weird Adventure” – Narrative Annotated Sample

Here is a student sample that shows evidence of the ways students benefit from the use of graphic organizers (Narrative Writing Diamond), teacher modeling, guided practice, and the use of sentence starters to build vocabulary and fluency. Teachers often ask, “When do students stop relying on modeling and sentence starters?” I’d like to have a […]


Persuasive Student Writing Sample

Here is a 7th grade sample of a well-written argumentative essay. Note the strong organizational structure, with an effective introduction that states the issue to be considered. Each body paragraph begins with a clearly stated main reason supported by numerous specific examples to support the argument. The use of quotes, statistics, and anecdotes make for […]


Opinion Writing – Sample for Annotation & Analysis

With the advent of the CCSS, everyone is concerned about teaching Opinion Writing in response to text, to issues, situations, likes and dislikes. The underlying organizational structure of a well-crafted opinion piece has its foundation in expository/informative writing. It shares other characteristics with expository/informative writing as well. A strong opinion piece begins with an introduction […]