Grade 2 Level 3 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

The goldfish is swimming in his own bowl. The fish is waiting for the cat.

The cat is sneking behind fish.
the cat taking the fish out of his bowl.

the cat eated the fish. After that he jump down the table.

Level 2: Uses some utility words (bowl, cat, fish, table), descriptive words (goldfish) and subject-specific words related to familiar objects and actions.
Level 3: Uses more utility, descriptive and subject-specific words related to curricular concepts.

Uses nouns (fish, cat), verbs in irregular past tense (not yet: eated should be ate), verbs in continuous tense (is swimming, is waiting), prepositions (in, for, behind), pronouns (his, he), articles (the), adjectives (own) and adverbs (down).

Writes detailed simple sentences (the cat taking the fish out of his bowl) and compound sentences (no evidence).

Invents spelling that is reflective of learner’s own pronunciation (sneking [sneaking]).

Creates texts using appropriate templates to express cultural norms. (Uses appropriate format for picture prompt story.)

Connects ideas with conjunctions (no evidence) and time markers (After that).

Level 2: Edits for capitals at the beginning of sentences (The), periods at the end of sentences (.) and spelling of familiar words (the fish) with some support.
Level 3: Edits for capitals, end-of-sentence punctuation, commas in a list and regular spelling independently.

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