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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Where To Find Good 7th Grade Level Persuasive Essay Examples
When you are in 7th grade, it is important for you to know how to write a very good persuasive essay. In the event that you can get to learn how to do this, there is a very good chance that you will not really have to struggle, at least not with writing essays. One of this most important thing about this process is that you are constantly learning new things, constantly trying to make sure that you can get as much out of your learning experience as you can.
Through the examples, you will definitely have a better shot at being able to write a good paper over the long haul. There are a lot of places from where you can get relevant samples to help you with this. You must also understand that the keyword here are relevant samples. There are lots of samples that you can find, but not all of them are what you need. Here are some good sources from where you can get some of the finest so far:
There is so much content that you can currently find online that will help you write a very good paper. Not so many students are actually aware of this yet, but with the right search terms there is a good chance that you can easily end up writing a really nice paper.
Look for essay samples from providers that have a good reputation to keep, because if you do that there is a good chance that you will be able to get more than you might have thought possible in the first place.
Discuss with your teachers
Contrary to what most students tend to think, most teachers are not ogres, and it is up to you to reach out to them and ask them for some samples. You will be surprised that when you talk to your teacher, even the meanest of them all will listen to you and help you out in the best way possible. After all, that is why they chose the profession, to help young minds like yours to develop.
Check the library
Take some time off your busy class schedule to visit the library and then see what you can find in there. You can rest easy because there is a good chance that you will get more than enough samples to use here.