Extended response guideline
Student examples of how to restate the prompt correctly.  Some of these include previewing the main ideas that will be in the essay, and others don't.  BOTH ARE CORRECT.
Here is an example of an extended response.  This one is a good beginning response; however, eventually the students will have to provide more than one reason.
Here are examples of staccato sentences.  This activity encourages children to use different lengths of sentences in their writing.
Just a reminder:  Alliteration is the repeating of consonant sounds at the beginning of the words in your sentence.  Sally sipped soda from a striped straw.  Assonance is doing the same thing with vowel sounds.  Ollie the ostrich ogled the odd octopus.  Consonance is putting the repeated sounds anywhere in the words: beginning, middle, or end.  Peter opened the damp apple and picked apart the puny seeds.
Here is another example of an extended response.  Once again, this one only has one reason.  We will be working toward 2 or 3 reasons.  On the extended response they must:  restate the prompt, answer in their own words, support with author's words from the text, connect the ideas, then conclude by restating the promt again.
Here are examples of how to write similes.  Similes compare two unlike things using the words like or as.   Similes are one way to include voice in your writing.
Idioms are groups of words that mean something different from what they say.  Idioms can be used as hooks in essays.  Here are a few examples of student written and illustrated idioms.
These are class written hooks for the "boring" 3 little pigs paragraph.  A hook is found in the introductory paragraph of an expository essay.  It "grabs" the reader's attention so he wants to read the essay.