I've been looking through some sample NJASK writing from years past and here's one of the things I've found: students who add a little anecdote to an essay get a better score. And what a natural, authentic, relatively easy concept to teach third, fourth and fifth graders. The trick is to get kids to understand that an expository essay is about explaining a point of view--the anecdote supports the point of view. That little story isn't the main thing.
- I feel young when we do "kid stuff" together.
- He keeps me young by reminding me to stop and appreciate the little things in life.
- My son has a natural curiosity about everything that makes me feel like a kid again.