Grade 2 Level 2 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

There was one fish
The fish was swimming in the bowl

And The cat was camming
Then fish was camming up and cat was seeing. 
Cat is kaching a fish and eiting to the fish

Then he ate th fish and go.
And cat is gone and The fish is gone.

Uses some utility words (bowl, fish), descriptive words (one) and subject-specific words (swimming, seeing) related to familiar actions and topics.

Level 2: Writes nouns, verbs in simple past tense, prepositions and plurals.
Level 3: Uses nouns (fish, cat), verbs in irregular past tense (ate) and continuous tense (eiting [eating]) with usage errors "is katching" could be "caught," "eiting" could be ate, "go" could be went. Uses prepositions (in, to), pronouns (he), articles (a, the), adjectives (up) and adverbs (no evidence).

Writes simple sentences (There was one fish.) and patterned sentences (And cat is gone and the fish is gone.).

Level 2: Attempts to spell familiar words.
Level 3: Spells words that reflect learner's own pronunciation (camming [coming], kaching [catching]).

Completes patterned sentence frames (the fish was …, the cat was …) with some understanding of topic, audience and purpose.

Connects words with "and" and "then."

Edits for capitals (And, Then) at the beginning of sentences, periods at the end of sentences (.) and spelling of familiar words (fish and go) with some support.

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