Grade 4 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story. Completes patterned sentences.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

da fish is sweme

da fish si eat

da fish si eat da cat

Uses a few utility words (fish, cat) and descriptive words (no evidence) related to familiar topics and personal experiences.

Uses nouns (fish, cat), verbs in present tense (si [is], eat, sweme [swim]), plurals (no evidence) and prepositions (no evidence) with usage errors and omissions.

Writes to complete patterned sentences (The fish is … [The fish is…]).

Uses familiar strategies such as copying sight words and phrases, spelling sight words from memory (fish, eat), and spelling from charts, lists and other visuals.

Writes words and phrases to express ideas, thoughts, feelings and needs with support. (Writes response to picture prompt.)

Connects using “and” (no evidence) and produces simple sentences.

Forms letters and numbers with attention to spacing, line and direction, and spells sight words accurately.

Use the checkboxes below to display the corresponding benchmark text.

Benchmark Ratings

Benchmark Level:

How to use this Writing Sample

This collection of grade-level writing samples provides teachers of English Language Learners with examples of student writing at each proficiency level. Teachers can use these interactive examples to build their understanding of the different writing competencies and levels within the Benchmarks.

  1. Click on “View Full Size” to see the original student writing
  2. Select the competency you wish to view. Boxes in the corresponding colour will highlight the text in the sample and display an explanation of the competency below.
  3. Click on one or more competencies to view at a time.

Download and Print this Resource


Copyright |  Feedback |