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Give out models of good documents

Many teachers fear that if students see good models, they will use the models as templates to "fill in the blanks" for their own assignments. Admittedly, sometimes students do take the "fill in the blanks" approach, but far less often than they might, particularly when teachers explain that the models represent a range of responses or approaches to the assignment. Much more often, students use the models to help them make the key criteria on the assignment sheet more concrete. An assignment might, for instance, call for detailed development, but until students see a sample of detailed development, they may not see just how much research they'll need to do to collect relevant support for their ideas.