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"Voicing" a Believable Account

How would it feel to really wear someone else's skin?

The writing of author Walter Dean Myers is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of voice and word choice.

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Student Sample Being Sought: Upper Elementary

WritingFix is currently seeking a 4th-6th grade student sample from this writing assignment that can be featured in this space. Submitted student work must show evidence of revision, editing, and the final draft must be typed and sent through e-mail. Teachers: if you can help us obtain up to three student samples, along with a digital photo of the students and a signed permission slips, we will send you either a complimentary copy of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Elementary Writing Guide, or you may choose from any of our NNWP publications.

Write to us at publish@writingfix.com and use 'The Glory Field' in your e-mail's subject line, if you have a student sample to share with us.


Student Sample: Middle School

character:
situation:
conflict:
a firefighter suddenly realizes he has supernaturual powers a stranger is
following him

The Vineyard Hotel
by Rosalie, 8th grade writer

“I’m going down the street to grab some coffee, you guys. I’ll be right back!” Tom bellowed to his friends. He was a firefighter at the town’s only station, and everyone respected and appreciated him. Usually he was out fighting fires or rescuing citizens, but today was an awfully sluggish afternoon. There hadn’t been any action all day! He and the crew were getting weary, so Tom stepped out to get them a snack.

It’s gorgeous out! Tom thought to himself. And then he saw the smoke. Huge ashen clouds of it billowed on the horizon.

Hastily, he sprinted back to the station and alerted the men. Presently, they were on their way toward the source of the smoke. As they drew nearer, Tom could see a building.

“That’s strange,” he muttered, “I didn’t know anyone lived all the way out here.”

“That used to be a famous hotel,” one of the men replied. “It was called The Vineyard. Once, people from all over the world would come to stay there, but then the old widow who owned the place decided she had had enough, took her kids and moved away about twenty years ago. No one has been there since.”

“Then I wonder what caused the fire?” Tom pondered. “Fires don’t just happen for no reason…”

As they pulled up to the hotel, Tom thought he saw a shadowy figure shifting in the trees, but who would be up here?

The fire was effortlessly put out, and an investigation began for the cause of the fire. It was amazing inside the hotel. Even though it was charred and soggy, traces of the original beauty could still be found. There was a massive staircase leading up to the second and third floors. Even though they were burnt to a crisp, you could easily imagine what the furnishings must have looked like...

(Click here to read the rest of Rosalie's story, along with the stories of two of her classmates.)


Student Sample Being Sought: High School

WritingFix is currently seeking a 9th-12th grade student sample from this writing assignment that can be featured in this space. Submitted student work must show evidence of revision, editing, and the final draft must be typed and sent through e-mail. Teachers: if you can help us obtain up to three student samples, along with a digital photo of the students and a signed permission slips, we will send you either a complimentary copy of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Secondary Writing Guide, or you may choose from any of our NNWP publications.

Write to us at publish@writingfix.com and use 'The Glory Field' in your e-mail's subject line, if you have a student sample to share with us.

 


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