A key component in Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) is providing your students with sufficient models, which they then use to score, critique, revise, and then as a sample for their own writing. Sometimes I write my own models. Sometimes I use previous or current student work. Other times, neither of those will do. So, where can you find student writing samples?
- Think SRSD: Since this is an SRSD site, not only will you find rubrics and research, but the top link (CCSS Standards one) includes writing samples (embedded under each genre type: persuasive, narrative, or expository), for a range of grade levels.
- Achieve the Core: Achieve the Core is an excellent resource for a number of reasons, one of them being that they have a ton of writing samples, across ages, across genres, across abilities. They even have annotated student samples. Viewing these is like your own SRSD lesson (learning by viewing annotated models will be exactly what your students will be doing!).
- Oregon State Tests (for Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 8, and High School): This site has old state tests with various levels of student achievement, with different genres (narrative, expository, persuasive, and imaginative). Have your students grade the poor ones; what’s missing? What makes the good ones better? They can apply these same critiques to peer editing and their own writing.
- Core Standards: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Appendix has several samples across ages (K-12) and genres (informative/expository, persuasive, and narrative). All annotated for your learning pleasure!
- Teen Ink: Teaching summarizing or any kind of reviewing (book review? movie review, game review)? Teen Ink is the source for you. They’re written by real kids, so some are better than others… and that’s the point! Students can grade various pieces, and if they want (and your school’s technology policy allows it), they can post their own final products on the site.
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: They have excellent samples for grades K-3, and 6-8. Expository and narrative, and persuasive (which they call “opinion”).
- The Write Source: I don’t love all of the writing samples here, but I do like that they have various types of writing for each genre, such as personal narrative, pet peeve essay, etc. (for narrative and expository, respectively). Also, if you find a bad sample, use it as a basis for critiquing and fixing it up.
Which sites do you use?