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While preparing one's students to excel on their state writing tests, a teacher can and should launch many discussions about the qualities of good writing.  No matter what the genre/mode your state tests for, your students should engage in meaningful discussion about writing skills in other students' samples.  At WritingFix, we provide student samples for this reason. 


Inspired by two of Gretchen Bernabei's book, Sparklers: High Scoring Essays and What they Teach Us and Cruchtime, we began collecting "sparkling" student samples from our local students who were practicing to the practice prompts we use in Northern Nevada.  These sparklers (as well as other authentic test-prep materials) can be found on our Nevada's Writing Exam Homepage.


Two suggested uses of Sparklers:  1) Having your students discuss these "Nevada Sparklers" before, during, or after they write (for practice) to the same prompt can greatly increase their skills.  2) Reviewing and discussing these sparklers in the weeks immediately before the actual test should serve to remind your students of skills they should be using when they take their near-future exam.


WE WANT A FEW MORE SPARKLERS TO THIS PROMPT!  Each year, we plan to add 20-30 new Sparklers from students using our practice prompts as they prepare for the writing test.  If you're a teacher using our practice prompts, and you end up with a student sample you think would score between a 15 and 19, please type it up and post it in the "Leave a Reply" box that you will see below; you will only be able to post if you are a member of our ning.  If we end up featuring a sample you post over at the WritingFix website, we will send you a free print resource from the Northern Nevada Writing Project.


Help us celebrate your writers whose samples would inspire future writing.  Post here.


If you are posting here, the students' samples should be about this practice prompt:  Think about a game you enjoy. You have a friend who has never played the game but wants to learn. In a report to your friend, describe the game and explain how it is played. Be sure to explain the rules, the equipment, the number of players, and anything else your friend might need to know to play the game.

IMPORTANT:  Do not include anything more than your students' first name and grade level when citing your posted sample. 

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