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

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Silvana's work comes from Elizabeth Peña's fifth grade class at P.S. 009 Sarah Anderson School.



This essay’s strengths:

  • Presents information from the Museum exhibit relevant to the prompt with accuracy and sufficient detail.
  • Accurately presents science content relevant to the prompt with sufficient explanations that demonstrate understanding of the topic.
  • Uses a labeled illustration of a pterosaur fossil to accurately communicate relevant information.
  • Describes what one fossil reveals about that pterosaur species.
  • Some use of precise and domain-specific language
  • Provides a concluding statement/section

Needs additional support:

  • Uses definition of “fossil” directly from the text without paraphrasing.