Whew! I’ve been sitting for a couple of hours typing up some expository writing samples from my kids since so many people are still needing lots of examples. And…of course…I can use them in my class, too. It’s great to use REAL student writing in class to show what is working and what isn’t.
Some of you have asked when we started expository writing–well, we began way back in October. We flip back and forth throughout the year between the two types of writing. We spend an average of 4-5 weeks on narrative, and then move on to expository, and so on. Now that we are getting closer and closer to test time, we are only spending a couple of weeks on each. There are even days/weeks where we do both. I’ll be posting soon about an activity called “Genre Switch” where kids write for just a small amount of time in both genres.
For now, I’m posting several expository writing pieces that my students have written to various topics. Some of these were written as their choice of 3 writing prompts, and others were written on the students’ last writing benchmark. The benchmark prompt was the prompt that our students were given last year on their STAAR test (our official standardized test–for those of you who don’t live in Texas).
I had already given them that topic as a choice, so some of them already had prior experience writing to that topic. The funny thing about it is: most of them wrote something completely different, even though I’ve told them that they don’t have to…and frankly, if they have already had positive feedback, they should write the same thing, but even better the next time around!
So, without further ado…here they are:
These samples are simply in alphabetical order. They are not grouped by topic or by awesomeness. You can pick and choose which ones you want to use, or you can print them all and use all of them with your kiddos and talk about what was great and what needs improvement. You could even use them with some revising and editing!
Some of you have waited patiently for me to finally get these posted…for that…THANK YOU! It takes some time to get these gathered up, pick out which ones should be posted, type them, and get them up on the blog. Please feel free to share these with other people that you know. They will always be right here on my blog, so you can always save paper and just project them from here.
As always, my students (and I) love your feedback! If there was something that you really liked, please leave a comment letting us know! I show my blog to my students so that they can see who is showcased and how many people around the world are looking at their AH-mazing work! 😉
Other posts you might like: