When I started my first job as a professional newspaper reporter (This job also served as an internship during my junior year in college — I just didn’t leave for about 6 years.), I quickly realized that all my experience, and all my years of journalism education had not been enough to help me write stories about drug busts, fatal car accidents and tornadoes. All the theoretical work I’d done, and all of the nifty little scholastic and collegiate stories I had done, did not prepare me for real world writing.
At that point, I had to find a solution quickly. After all, I had a deadline to meet, and it was only a few hours away.
One of my colleagues, who also served as a mentor, had the solution. She introduced me to the newspaper’s “morgue.” This was a room filled with filing cabinets in which we kept old — dead — stories arranged by reporter. Whenever I wasn’t’ sure how to write a story, all I had to do was check the morgue for similar stories. If I needed to write a story about a local drug bust, for example, I’d find another story on a similar incident, study its structure, and mentally create a formula in which to plugin the information I’d gathered.
Once I’d gained more experience, and had internalized the formula for that particular type of story, I felt free to branch out as the situation — and my training — warranted.
I do the same thing when I want to write a type of letter, brochure, or report that I’ve never written before.
This is what writing looks like in the real world.
Research by “Write Like This” author Kelly Gallagher indicates that if we want students to grow as writers, we need to provide them with good writing to read, study, and emulate. My personal experience backs this up, as does the old adage “all writing is rewriting,” oft quoted by everyone from LA screenwriters to New York Times bestselling authors.
Of course, if you’re a new teacher like me, there is one problem with providing mentor texts to my students: I have a dearth of middle school level writing sitting around in my file cabinets.
Fortunately, the Internet is full of sources, so I scoured the bowels of Google to find examples. I know how busy you are, so I’m sharing.
Expository writing examples for middle school
Below are several sources of expository writing samples for middle school students.
Finally, here is an article in the New York Times that will help you teach your students real-world expository writing skills.
Descriptive writing examples for middle school
Narrative writing examples for middle school
Argumentative/persuasive writing examples for middle school
Reflective writing examples for middle school
If you know of any other online writing example sources, please feel free to share them in the comments below.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.
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Composition of an argumentative essay can be a complicated task, especially for students of the 7th grade. If you need a good academic paper that meets all the demands and criteria, that is dedicated to the same subject and contains no mistakes, you should keep in mind several places where you can get it and several persons who can render a sample to you.
Libraries normally have diverse compilations of students’ works from previous years. If you turn to a librarian, you can find a lot of essay examples that will certainly be helpful to you. The main advantage of such examples is in the fact that they are proofread, there is no need to worry that they don’t meet certain criteria or so. Besides that, such examples are available for free.
There are numerous databases on the Web, and they contain thousands of academic paper samples. Some of them are taken from digitized academic compilations while others are uploaded by their authors. These databases provide free or paid access, so it’s up to you to decide which option you would rather choose. Always keep in mind the fact that examples that are uploaded by students are rarely of the high quality that you need.
It’s not a kind of cheating if you use another student’s project as an example, so you should not be afraid to turn to your teacher. 7th-grade students still need a lot of explanation before they compose a really worthy text. What’s more, your teacher is the person who knows what your assignment should look like, and their help will never be useless.
These writers can be found on the Internet with the help of your favorite search engine. Though they provide writing of academic papers for a certain fee, you can try using their achievements in a different way. Their websites normally provide a range of free demo samples of their work, so you will be able to find nice examples of argumentative essays of a high quality that will meet your demands.
In your group, there are definitely other students who are totally great at writing. You can try asking them for help with your assignment. It can be a useful strategy, still, make sure that the sample of their work that you use is checked and free from mistakes. Remember about being fair in such a case and use the work as a sample only.