Sample winning essay for Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Class of the Month Contest - Max

Max PS 009

Max's work comes from Melissa Murphy's fifth grade class at P.S. 009 Sarah Anderson School.


This essay’s strengths:

  • Integrates relevant and accurate science content with thorough explanations that demonstrate in-depth understanding of the topic.
  • Clearly describes what one fossil reveals about that pterosaur species.
  • Some use of precise and domain-specific language

Needs additional support:

  • Uses definition of “fossil” directly from the text without paraphrasing.
  • Does not include a strong sense of closure at the end.