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The writing of author Margaret Wise Brown is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of idea development and organization. Join us in teaching (and adapting) this on-line lesson and sharing your students' work.
New! You can publish up to three of your students' edited and finished stories at this page to be entered in a semi-annual contest for free classroom resources from the Northern Nevada Writing Project.
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Student Samples: Early Elementary
by Pablo, first grade writer
The most important thing about the world is we live in it. It has dark green trees. It has grey pipes that run underground. It has happy teachers that teach children to read and write. But the most important thing about the world is we live in it.
(Click here to view and print Pablo and two of his classmates' important passages.)
by Maddie, third grade writer
The most important thing about flowers is you get to smell them. When you smell flowers, rainbows go over the world. All the colors make you feel like you are on Jupiter in the red dot. Some flowers are like the color of the sun bubbling. But the most important thing about flower is you get to smell them.
(Click here to view and print Maddie and five of her classmates' important passages.)
Student Samples: Upper Elementary
by Cole, fourth grade writer
The most important thing about your mom is that she loves you and you love her. She might give you big, slobber-filled kisses that feel like a dog licked your face so hard that it left a red mark. Your mom helps you out when you need it and tucks you in at night. Mothers will serve you hot, scrumptious meals that melt on your tongue. But the most important thing about your mom is that she loves you and you love her.
(Click here to view and print Cole and five of his classmates' important passages.)