this is a great writing sample for 2nd grade- how awesome would it be to make books of sample writing for common core for narrative, informational, and opinion. This is what a 4 looks like, a 3, a 2, and a 1.
I still want to change the way I teach social studies. If I try the region "scrapbook" idea, I will need to create rubrics. This could be a good way to help students see the difference between a 4 and 1.