Katie brought home four writing samples last week. They all start with a prompt, and then the student is free to write whatever she wants.
Here is one of her stories, edited only for spelling. (Cooper and I both laughed loudly as we read this one.)
My Stuffed Animal Came to Life
My stuffed animal came to life and ... he had a party on the roof! He put confetti down the chimney. I grabbed a gardening stick and I poked it.
Then it called for its mommy. I ran to lock the door but it was too late. Its mom came to life. It grabbed my favorite trophy. It climbed on my back and hit my head over and over.
I have some advice to give you. You should never make a stuffed animal have a family! And I mean it!