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

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Gabrielle's work comes from Mary Lee's seventh grade class at St. Clare School.


This essay’s strengths:

  • Introduces pterosaurs and fossils in the context of the fossil record
  • Maintains focus throughout
  • Names and describes three pterosaurs
  • Uses relevant facts from contest readings and the “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” exhibit to discuss pterosaurs
  • Illustration clearly depicts and labels the features of three pterosaur fossils

Needs additional support:

  • Differentiating between direct fossil evidence and inferences made by paleontologists