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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5 Sources To Get Good Expository Essay Examples For 6th Grade Students
Students in 6th grade these days are more capable of handling some essays that were not possible some time back. The reason for this is because they are more exposed to information than their predecessors. There are lots of material that they can write on, so much information that is currently available at their behest that nothing really can stop them from presenting a good paper and expecting proper marks when the work is being addressed by their teachers.
In the event for example that you are looking to get your hands on some of the best essay examples that you can use to improve your learning ability and skills, the following are some of the best options that you have so far:
- Consult your teacher
- Check through the library
- Ask your friends for assistance
- Consult your parents/guardians
- Check online for samples
Consult your teacher
There is so much that you can learn from your teacher if you take time to speak to them honestly. Your teacher has more than what it takes to help you improve your skills as a writer and in the long run improve on your ability as a student.
Check through the library
The library should always be one of the first places where you check if you are looking for any such material. There is so much information available here that will help you figure out what you need to do. As a matter of fact, in the event that you do not yet know where to start, simply walk into the library and speak to the librarian.
One of the biggest challenges that most students have is that they do not really know how to use the library to their advantage, and because of this reason they are not sure how to sift through all the books.
Ask your friends for assistance
You might have friends who are more exposed than you are, so you can also consider asking them to help you out from time to time with regard to this work.
Consult your parents/guardians
Never ignore the input that you can get from your guardians and parents. If you are struggling with anything, just ask them and you will be surprised with what you will find.
Check online for samples
There are lots of samples that are available on the internet, so think about this option too.