Sentences are getting longer and third grade essay examples complex. Kids are learning to use a dictionary to correct their own spelling.
Third graders can write an essay with a simple thesis statement, examples and supporting details, and a thoughtful concluding sentence. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window.
Written by a third grade girl in a Writer’s Workshop style class where students had free choice of writing topics. These are the first two pages of a longer story that the student had not yet completed. What is this child able to do as a writer? Generates an interesting idea for a story. Identifies interesting characters, a setting, and a problem.
Starts a story that flows sequentially. Uses dialogue in her story. Uses punctuation correctly — periods at the end of sentences and an exclamation point to show excitement. Uses apostrophes in contractions correctly.
Once there were two turtles. One was named Amy and one was Olivia. They had met in the middle of the ocean. There was a big tornado in the Pacific Ocean and they got separated from their parents. So now they’re living on their own together. One day Amy decided they should go on an adventure. Let’s go on an adventure,” said Amy.