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 explore how to manage their space.
The topic (expository) is: "Write an essay explaining how an invention could potentially change the world." I have also included the assignment sheet, which is in the layered, STAAR format (read, think, write).
Students 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. I have also included the graphic organizer I use with my students on both the expository and persuasive essays.
If you like this sample essay, be sure to check my products page for others, as I am adding new samples often!