Grade 4 Level 4 Writing Sample

Compare your home, village or city to the place you live now.
Describe things that are the same and different.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

[Country A] is very different to [Country B]. but they are the same in some ways. First way is size. [Country A] is smaller and [Country B] is bigger. [Country A] has less than one millions people. [Country B] has two millions. Second way is weather. Here is snow and cold. [Country B] is rainy and hot. or sometimes nice but hot. [Country A] has four seasons but [Country B] has two seasons – dry and raining. [Country A] has museums at many places but [Country B] has only two small museums. [Country A] doesn’t have many trains but in [Country B] we see trains all of the time and they carry many people at everywhere. Those are the different and same stuff about [Country A] and [Country B].

Uses a range of utility words (people, way, trains), descriptive words (smaller, bigger, rainy, hot, only), subject-specific words (weather, seasons, museums) and academic words (different, less, size) with increased understanding of curricular concepts.

Level 3: Writes a range of grammatical structures demonstrating some control of word order (Here [there] is snow and [it’s] cold.), plurals (two small museums, many trains), tense (has, doesn’t have, see, carry) and subject–verb agreement ([Country A] is …, Those are …). Misuse of preposition “at.”
Level 4: Writes a range of grammatical structures demonstrating more control of word order, plurals, tense and subject–verb agreement.

Writes a variety of simple sentences ([Country A] has less than one million people.) and compound sentences ([Country A] is very different to [Country B] but they are the same in some ways.) in a logical sequence in detailed paragraphs.

Uses familiar vocabulary (way, many), known phrases (same stuff) and common expressions (all of the time).

Writes text for specific purpose with minimal support. (Uses paragraph format in writing, including the use of a topic sentence, body information and a concluding sentence.)

Level 3: Writes related sentences using conjunctions (and, or, but), time markers and sequence markers (first, second).
Level 4: Connects sentences into a cohesive paragraph using conjunctions, time markers and sequence markers.

Level 3: Edits for end punctuation (.), commas in a list (no evidence), simple tenses (is/has) and regular spelling (seasons, everywhere, about).
Level 4: Edits sentences for placement of apostrophes and quotation marks, a variety of tenses and common irregularly spelled words.

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