Grade 5 Level 3 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:

I one of the [Country A] people. I came to [Country B]. [Country B] was always spek English and French. In [Country A] was not always speak english or French it was different. There are no pets allowed in [Country A]. But here has pets. There is no snow, everything is green but here snow and white. Here has Halloween and christmas but in [Country A] has no Halloween and christmas. In [Country B] I like the rules but in [Country A] there are too much rules. My house was small but here big.

Uses more utility words (people, English, snow, here), descriptive words (always, green, one, white), subject-specific words (different, pets, rules) and academic words (no evidence) related to curricular concepts.

Level 2: Writes nouns (pets, rules), verbs in present tense (has, is, are, speak), past tense (was, came, allowed), continuous tense, pronouns (I, My), prepositions (of, to, in), articles (the), adjectives (too much) and adverbs (no evidence).
Level 3: Writes a range of grammatical structures demonstrating some control over word order, plurals, tense and subject–verb agreement.

Level 2: Writes detailed sentences (My house was small but here is big.) and compound sentences (Here has Halloween and Christmas but in [Country A] has no Halloween and Christmas.).
Level 3: Writes complex sentences and simple paragraphs.

Uses words with similar sounds and sentence frames to write ideas (There are …, There is …).

Writes text using new words, models and templates to answer questions and write a personal response. (Writes paragraph comparing two things in response to prompt.)

Level 2: Connects ideas in simple sentences with familiar conjunctions (or, but, and), time markers (no evidence) and sequence markers (no evidence).
Level 3: Connects ideas in related sentences using conjunctions and time and sequence markers.

Edits for end of sentence punctuation (.), commas in a list (,), simple tenses and regular spelling (everything).

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