Grade 3 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

The fish go op

A cat want to eatn fish

and go away the cat eatn fish

Uses a few utility words (fish) and descriptive words (away).

Writes nouns (fish), verbs in simple present tense (want) and prepositions (to).

Writes simple phrases (the fish go up) and patterned sentences with support.

Copies words with increasing accuracy (the cat).

Level 1: Copies group-generated texts and patterned sentences with little or no understanding of audience and purpose.
Level 2: Completes patterned sentences with some understanding of audience and purpose. (Writes sentences appropriate to prompt.)

Connects two or more words (a cat) and substitutes words in patterned sentences (and go ...).

Edits sight words for spelling with direct support (a, to, go, away, the cat, fish).

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