Grade 1 Level 3 Writing Sample

Look at the picture. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

There are 3 kids. It raining to much. One kid, he jump in the fall down waterHe have boots. The other another kid she have umbrella. She not get wet. She is so happy she stay under the umbrella 

Another kid is sadShe don’t have coat for rain and she don’t have boots.

Level 2: Writes some utility words (kids, boots, umbrella), descriptive words (wet, happy, sad) and subject-specific words related to familiar objects, actions and topics.
Level 3: Writes more utility, descriptive and subject specific words related to curricular concepts.

Level 3: Writes nouns (kid, umbrella), verbs in continuous tense (raining), prepositions (in, under, for), pronouns (he, she) and articles (the).

Writes simple detailed sentences (One kid, he jump in the fall down water.).

Level 3: Invents spelling that reflects learner's own pronunciation.
Level 4: Spells words according to pronunciation and knowledge of common spelling patterns (another, coat, rain, don’t, boots).

Uses appropriate template for writing. (Connected sentences to respond to picture prompt.)

Level 2: Connects words in simple sentences with "and" and "then."
Level 3: Connects ideas in short related sentences with conjunctions and time markers.

Uses capitals (There, It, She), end of sentence punctuation (.) and regular spelling (much, have, stay).

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