Sizing Up Excellence

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Below are responses from 4th graders on the 2002 NAEP writing exam. Test graders judged the first to be "excellent" and the second "uneven," the lowest evaluation given.

Imagine this situation:

Your favorite book is missing from your school library. It might be a book that you like to read over and over again. Or it might be a book that your teacher or parent has read to you. Some of your friends also like to read this book. The school librarian is not sure she wants to buy the book again.

Write a letter to convince your school librarian to buy the book again. In your letter, give lots of reasons why the book should be in your school library.

writing sample

writing sample

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

Vol. 22, Issue 43, Page 10

Published in Print: August 6, 2003, as Sizing Up Excellence
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