Grade 10 Level 1 Writing Sample

Do you think it is important for people to continue to travel into space?  Why or why not?  You may want to think about issues, such as:

  • costs
  • dangers
  • rewards.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

Yes It’s important. Because there are lots of problems.  People have to know about spacePeople go space get reward by govermentThe things the don’t know the goverment needs to know.  It is dengers but cost money so goverment pay to go. Government. It is good to know about everything that they are hard so moon and star and asterods need to know.

Uses some utility words (yes, people, there), descriptive words (important, lots) and subject-specific words (space, goverment [government], dengers [dangers], moon, star, asterods [asteroids]).

Uses familiar nouns (problems, money), pronouns (it, they, everything), adjectives (hard), adverbs (no evidence), prepositions (of, about, by, to), articles (the) and verbs (are, go, cost, get, is).

Writes simple declarative, negative and question sentences using sentence frames (The things the don’t know the goverment [government] needs to know.).

Spells familiar words (space), writes ideas (Answers the question and writes a simple paragraph response, ...), completes patterned sentences and uses basic punctuation (It’s ...), (.).

Produces familiar words (government, that), phrases (need to know) and sentence frames (… have to know, … good to know).

Connects ideas using common conjunctions (because, but, so, and), and time and sequence markers (no evidence).

Edits sentences for capitalization of names, words at the beginning of sentences (People, It), periods (.) and regular spelling of familiar words (pay, go, about).

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