A Place to Share for Writers and Teachers
I want to share with the kids.
TEA hasn't released any yet, and rumor has it that there aren't going to be any released for a long, long, long time. However, I'm putting onto the "handouts" section on the ning a 9th grade expository piece which would most likely score a 3+. You'll see that it needs more depth and thoughtful detailing in order for it to be a four, but it's a pretty solid three. It's 336 words, definitely fits onto a 26-line page. It came from Pat Jacoby, a friend, who was conducting an expository pilot project with a school district in Texas.
TEA did release power points from the Texas Assessment Conference that include sample student essays.
Go to: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/tac/ and look under the second bullet. The power points include one sample of each type of essay at each grade level. It is a start...
I also posted some on the handout page above.
And I posted an analysis of TEA's sample essay for grades 4, 7, and 11. They're in the "Gretchen's Handouts" section. The fourth grade piece is titled about a sister named Elizabeth.
Thanks for posting all these resources! I've been searching high and low for good stuff for expository--combing through all my Gretchen and Barry books too, of course! By the way, Gretchen, I'm so excited to see our prezi (my husband Stephen and I--your friends in China!!) on your links page! Such an honor! Thanks for sharing your great ideas with all of us--you too Barry!! You guys are my (our) heroes!