Grade 5 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

She is eatting the ice cream.

She was sprizShe drop hr ice cream.

and She is so sad.

Uses a few utility words (she, ice cream) and descriptive words (spriz [surprised], sad) related to familiar objects and personal experience.

Writes familiar nouns (ice cream), verbs in present tense (is, drop), plurals (no evidence) and prepositions (no evidence).

Writes to complete patterned sentences (She is …).

Copies words and writes sight words from memory (She, was, so).

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

Connects words using “and” in simple sentences.

Forms words with attention to line, direction and spacing. Spells sight words accurately (she, the).

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