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Counting Sentences' Words

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Student Samples: Upper Elementary

Tiger's Roar
by Halie, fifth grade writer

The white tiger roared in a fierce, scratchy, deep voice. She bolted out of the jungle into a very small populated village. A young boy screamed in excitement. He had always wanted to see a white tiger. To the white tiger, the boy was dinner, but the boy did not know this, so he approached the tiger. The white tiger slowly stepped forward, causing the boy to believe that the tiger wanted to play. White tiger started licking the boy. The boy laughed, and the tiger chomped. What happened? No one will ever know. Neither the boy nor the tiger was ever seen again.

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