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A 4th Grade Expository Student Writing Sample

Grade 4 Expository – The Horseshoe Crab Embarking on a research project is often a daunting task for me and my students. First we need to choose a topic and hone that topic so that the research is focused. Then we engage in the research aspect of it and finally the written work. Throughout the […]


“Dogs” – Expository Annotated Sample

WOOF! WOOF!  Warren, a third grade student, loved to act like a dog. He’d get down on all fours and sniff around the room, bark on command, and even sit and stay (on a good day).  As you can imagine, writing was about the last thing Warren wanted to do. In fact, most days he […]


Grade 7 Argument Sample

My daughter Hayley can argue anything! When she was in middle school if I said the sky was blue she would argue that it was really shades of gray. I called her my little defense attorney, and who knows she just might be one day. It got to the point where I decided I would […]



“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 […]


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. […]


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 […]