Grade 5 Level 2 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

Ariel is a girl. She very like to eat ice creamToday her mom buy a ice cream to Ariel.

Ariel got a shok. Then the ice cream that she had drop on the floor.

After the ice cream fall down, Ariel was not happy. She was crying for her ice cream.

Uses utility words (ice cream, mom, fall), descriptive words (not happy) and subject-specific words (no evidence) related to familiar actions and topics.

Uses nouns, verbs in simple present tense (like, eat, buy, drop), past tense (was), continuous tense (was crying), pronouns (she, her), prepositions (to, for), articles (a, the), adjectives (very) and adverbs (down).

Level 2: Writes simple detailed sentences (She very like to eat ice cream.), but there is no evidence of compound sentences.
Approaching Level 3: Attempts complex sentences (Then the ice cream that she had [adjective clause] drop on the floor.) with agreement errors.

Spells words that reflect learner’s pronunciation (shok [shock]), capitalizes beginning of sentences (Ariel, She) and puts periods (.) at the end of sentences.

Produces familiar words, phrases and sentences (Ariel is a girl.).

Connects ideas with conjunctions (that), time markers (Today) and sequence markers (Then, After).

Edits for basic punctuation (,), (.) and spelling of sight words (ice cream, she).

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