How to Get Meaningful Writing Samples on the First Day of School

Writing samples can be boring. But you can get something meaningful on the first day of school. Just ask kids to write letters to you. They’ll open up about their hopes for the new school year. You’ll get to know them – and their writing skills.

Grab this free back-to-school template and get the writing samples you want. You'll also get to know your third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade students.

Free Back-to-School Template for Writing Samples

Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, looked forward to the first day of school. However, her excitement was tinged with a little anxiety. What would she do? Yes, she’d love to get a writing sample, but that would be so ho-hum. This year, she wanted to make the first day fun.

Then she had an idea. The kids could write letters to her. That way, she’d learn about them – and get the sample as well.

That famous smile played along the corners of her mouth. With no hesitation, she hurried to her computer. There. The perfect clip art. Soon, a template emerged.

Ask third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade students to write a letter to you on the first day of school. That way, you'll get a back-to-school writing sample - and get to know your students too!

Ms. Sneed knew exactly what her new class would do on the first day of school. Now she just needed to plan the first week of ELA.

Enjoy Teaching

Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.

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