Grade 1 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

she is crem

she is

She trow iscrem


Uses utility words (she, ice cream).

Level 1: Writes nouns and verbs in present tense (trow [throw]). Some evidence of Level 3: Writes pronouns (she).

Writes simple phrases and patterned sentences with support (She trow [throw] iscrem).

Copies words with increasing accuracy (only one word spelled with accuracy – she).

Copies patterned sentences with little understanding of purpose of writing (not observed in this sample).

Connects two or more words (iscrem [ice cream]).

Edits sight words for spelling with direct support (not yet).

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