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Expository Essay Sample 1 (STAAR Writing Test)

Expository Essay Sample 1 (STAAR Writing Test)
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This sample essay was born from the necessity to provide my students with "4" (score) writing samples in the new STAAR, 26-line format. As Texas schools transition from the TAKS test to the new STAAR test, we're plagued with an utter lack of sample materials to model for students.

This particular essay is a .pdf file...and was scanned directly from the sample I used on the document camera. It is written, intentionally, in my handwriting...as I try very hard to use samples that resemble (as much as possible) what students will actually produce. This is particularly necessary as students transition from writing a 2-page essay to a single-page one and must re-learn how to manage their space.

The topic (expository) is: "Write an essay explaining how one experience can have the power to affect a person's life in a positive way." I chose to write this sample from a first-person perspective because it is a familiar writing style for our students (quite similar to the personal narrative). All of our STAAR training has indicated that students are allowed to use this point-of-view on the expository essay. They should, of course, avoid anything resembling a call-to-action, as that is the major defining (difference) between the expository and the persuasive essays.

This essay is also written on a 26-line page that has been measured to match the lined paper students will be given on the actual test.
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On  January 31, 2013Claudia Ovalle (TpT Seller) said:
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On  February 1, 2013Sylvia R Jackson answered:
Claudia...please give me more details! All of our teachers have used this essay as an example with students and found it very useful. What were you expecting that you didn't find in the essay?
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On  November 12, 2012English Teacher 101 (TpT Seller) said:
This actually sounds more like a personal narrative. Why is this considered an expository essay? Great example though.

Thanks for responding to my question! Thanks for all your hard work geared towards tackling the STARR too.
On  November 12, 2012Sylvia R Jackson answered:
Thanks for leaving feedback!

The topic (expository) is: "Write an essay explaining how one experience can have the power to affect a person's life in a positive way." I chose to write this sample from a first-person perspective because it is a familiar writing style for our students (quite similar to the personal narrative.) All of our STAAR training has indicated that students are allowed to use this point-of-view on the expository essay. They should, of course, avoid anything resembling a call-to-action, as that is the major defining (difference) between the expository and the persuasive essays.

As long as they are explaining and not persuading, they are allowed to use this perspective. Based on our 9th graders scores last year, I think TEA is staying true to its word on this one. I tend to bug TEA's email line on a weekly basis with questions, and I really harassed them to get a clear answer on this (even going so far as to send an example that received a big thumbs-up.)

Hope this helps, and I hope your scores rock this year!
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On  November 4, 2012,  Buyer said:
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On  November 8, 2012Sylvia R Jackson answered:
Thank YOU!
~Sylvia
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On  October 21, 2012,  Peggy B. said:
Somewhat over my fourth graders head but, a good expository resource.
On  November 8, 2012Sylvia R Jackson answered:
Thank you...and I agree; I think this one would work for 6th grade + (but not younger).
~Sylvia
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On  February 10, 2012,  Buyer said:
loved it, very helpful
On  March 21, 2012Sylvia R Jackson answered:
Thank you so much! Since I started using my own writing samples for the kids, our scores have gone up considerably. I don't think anything compares to having a completed model for our students to see. Very glad you could use it!
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On  March 16, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Do you have an example essay for the 9th grade EOC?
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On  March 20, 2012Sylvia R Jackson answered:
I just posted a literary piece that I put together to help out the teacher I mentor (who has all 9th graders). I may end up with another one within the next couple of days. How do you feel your kids are doing as we lead up to next week's test?
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Expository Essay Sample 1 (STAAR Writing Test)