Grade 12 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:

Last century people countrees raced to space. Today we still are flying to space. But the planes (rockits) cost, are expensive, and sometimes the pilots are danger. Astroids could get in the path of the rockit. If the rockit doesn’t work the pilots could die. But when the rockit works the pilots and their countree gets rewards. We need to explor space for scientist Science.

Uses some utility words (countrees [countries], space, planes), descriptive words (cost, danger) and subject-specific words (rockits [rockets], pilots, astroids [asteroids]).

Uses familiar nouns (space, pilots), pronouns (we, their), adjectives, adverbs (still, sometimes), prepositions (to, in, of), articles (the) and verbs (raced, are flying, could get, works).

Writes declarative sentences (We need to explor [explore] space for scientist Science.), negative sentences (If the rockit doesn’t work the pilots could die.) and question sentences using sentence frames.

Level 1: Uses copying, spelling from memory, words with similar sounds and sentence frames to write ideas.
Level 2: Uses familiar vocabulary, known phrases (when the, the path of) and common expressions (are expensive, gets rewards) to find appropriate words.

Level 1: Produces texts using familiar words, familiar phrases and sentence frames.
Level 2: Writes texts for specific purposes. (Responds to prompt.)

Connects ideas using common conjunctions (but, and), time markers (last century, today) and sequence markers (no evidence).

Edits sentences for capitalization of names, words at the beginning of sentences (But), periods (.) and regular spelling of familiar words (are, the).

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