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Examples Of Expository Essays For Middle School

When I started my first job as a professional newspaper reporter (This job also served as an internship during my junior year in college — I just didn’t leave for about 6 years.), I quickly realized that all my experience, and all my years of journalism education had not been enough to help me write stories about drug busts, fatal car accidents and tornadoes. All the theoretical work I’d done, and all of the nifty little scholastic and collegiate stories I had done, did not prepare me for real world writing.

At that point, I had to find a solution quickly. After all, I had a deadline to meet, and it was only a few hours away.

One of my colleagues, who also served as a mentor, had the solution. She introduced me to the newspaper’s “morgue.” This was a room filled with filing cabinets in which we kept old — dead — stories arranged by reporter. Whenever I wasn’t’ sure how to write a story, all I had to do was check the morgue for similar stories. If I needed to write a story about a local drug bust, for example, I’d find another story on a similar incident, study its structure, and mentally create a formula in which to plugin the information I’d gathered.

Once I’d gained more experience, and had internalized the formula for that particular type of story, I felt free to branch out as the situation — and my training — warranted.

I do the same thing when I want to write a type of letter, brochure, or report that I’ve never written before.

This is what writing looks like in the real world.

Research by “Write Like This” author Kelly Gallagher indicates that if we want students to grow as writers, we need to provide them with good writing to read, study, and emulate. My personal experience backs this up, as does the old adage “all writing is rewriting,” oft quoted by everyone from LA screenwriters to New York Times bestselling authors.

Of course, if you’re a new teacher like me, there is one problem with providing mentor texts to my students: I have a dearth of middle school level writing sitting around in my file cabinets.

Fortunately, the Internet is full of sources, so I scoured the bowels of Google to find examples. I know how busy you are, so I’m sharing.

Expository writing examples for middle school

Below are several sources of expository writing samples for middle school students.

Finally, here is an article in the New York Times that will help you teach your students real-world expository writing skills.

Descriptive writing examples for middle school

Narrative writing examples for middle school

Argumentative/persuasive writing examples for middle school

Reflective writing examples for middle school

If you know of any other online writing example sources, please feel free to share them in the comments below.


I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma graduate student, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students’ voices and choices.

Filed Under: PedagogyTagged With: writing examples, writing samples

Finding Expository Essay Examples For Middle School

If you want help finding expository essay examples for middle school, you are not alone. Many students search for such samples because they are wonderfully helpful tools. These samples can show students who might otherwise be hesitant what things they need to cover in the span of their work as well as how they need to lay everything out. They might also prove useful because they give students some idea of what goals they need to hit in order to get a specific grade and what types of references other students have used, which gives a clearer idea as to what sources are most appropriate.

  • Ask their teacher for help. As a parent or student, the best place to look first is the teacher because the teacher is likely to have example work from previous years or from a teaching guidebook that they can share with students. Not every teacher has time to go over these items in class, but they can give them to students to take home after class.
  • You can also explore teaching books on your own. There are many teaching materials available today which contain the precise tools your child or student might require in order to really understand the requirements of this particular writing task. These are often free online or from a local school administration and can make for excellent tools for students of all ages.
  • There are many writing guidebooks available today, the design of which is intended to help students understand each type of assignment they will encounter over the course of their academic career while simultaneously providing them with the samples they need and a subsequent breakdown of the purpose served by each component required. By understanding the different components that make up the final task and seeing a sample of those components students are given a much better chance of succeeding. These will go over the individual components for every type of writing task.
  • School libraries are an excellent place to turn, especially for top notch reference material. But in many cases schools might have writing guides in their reference section which means that you have either see about checking them out or try an alternative route. If your libraries have them as reference material you might be unable to check them out but you can photocopy them and email them to yourself.

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