Grade 2 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

fish is swiming in the water.
the fish
No Problem

the catis grea to eat the fish

The cat is aet the fish

Uses a few sight and utility words (water, cat, fish) and descriptive words (problem, grea [great]).

Uses nouns, prepositions (in, to) and verbs in present tense (is, eat).

Writes patterned sentences (Fish is swimming in the water.) with support.

Copies words with increasing accuracy (No, the, fish).

Copies patterned sentences (the fish, The _____).

Substitutes words in patterned sentences (The cat …).

Edits sight words for spelling with direct support (swimming, is, the).

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