When teaching students to write, one of the biggest barriers is explaining to them what we expect. Secondly, it can be hard for students to synthesize every writing trait we've taught them. Using model papers can be a huge help in solving these problems because with this method, we are able to start with the end in mind.
In this quick video tutorial, I'll share my Red Light Green Light method
I use for teaching writing with model papers. It's a hand-on method that allows students to see a paper as a whole and analyze its traits in order to strengthen their own writing.
In the supporting documents download,
you'll find a couple of ready-to-go handouts to help you implement this strategy for teaching writing for FREE!
Excellent for secondary English, but also effective for any subject.
You may have a few sample papers already hanging out in your filing cabinets, but if you'd like to see a few more examples, take a look at these high-interest prompt packs with sample papers that I have for sale:
Cyberbullying Argumentative Prompt with Three Papers
Paid for Grades Argumentative Prompt
Obesity Argumentative Prompt
Gun Control Argumentative Prompt with Three Papers
MLK Argumentative Prompt
Duck Dynasty Explanatory Prompt
Zoo Dangers Explanatory Prompt with Two Papers
Fear Narrative Prompt
Choices Narrative Prompt
Imaginative Narrative Prompt
Paragraph of the Week
Dig deeper with model papers using my Model Papers Task Cards Set
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