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The writing of author Jack London is currently inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of idea development and word choice. Join us in teaching (and adapting) this on-line lesson and sharing your students' work.

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Student Samples: Elementary

Timmy the Tiger
by Teddy, fourth grade writer

Timmy was a curious tiger. One day Timmy smelled something peculiar. He sauntered over inquisitively to discover what it was. Timmy scouted the island, and he found some sort of tracks.

Timmy followed them until they were swiped by the crashing sea. They looked odd with their five circle points sticking off one oval. He then saw some trees illuminated by something other than the night sky. He wandered a little farther, and then saw a fire. He sprinted to his best friend Joe’s dwelling, and together they had a steak out by the blaze.

The two tigers heard odd voices. They saw strange creatures with round heads and sticks coming off their middle parts. The two rushed forward snarling. The creatures fled. The island was still the animals’…for now.

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Student Samples: Middle School

Boingo, the Rabbit
by Brady, seventh grade writer

Boingo faced the great problem of how to escape the Boa Constrictor. Bo had pursued Boingo all through the rain forest, and Boingo didn’t know where to go next.

As the pursuit continued, Boingo discovered that night was approaching, for the small amount of visible sky had been tinted a light orange. Boingo panicked because he could not see in the dark. Bo, however, could easily guide his way through the dark, mossy trees with his sharp senses.

Bo heard Boingo’s soft feet pounce through the marshy ground, then silence. Bo saw Boingo slip into a hole, but he easily followed. Boingo leaped across some quicksand, but Bo used the trees. Boingo was running out of time and energy – he had to act fast! Then, Boingo saw one obstacle only he could overcome; a river. He jumped as far as he could and made it; Bo did not follow. Boingo was finally safe…for now.

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