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.