I used this as a writing sample in the beginning of the year. It works for many grade levels and doesn't take more than 15 minutes. It is a nice touch if you can actually bring in grapes and give them to the kids while they work (I put a small bunch in each snack baggie so each student gets a bag). BONUS: This can be used in conjunction with my free Editing Checklist Students can use it independently or you can pair up the students and have them work together to help each other. Students should have a topic, details, transition words, and a closing sentence to each short answer (paragraph) response such as this.
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