Grade 6 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the pictures. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

it rain
sad girl wet two to mane
Fun in watr
Girl undr (picture of umbrella) no wet
to mane rain

Uses a few utility words (to [two], girl) and descriptive words (wet, sad) related to familiar topics and familiar experiences.

Writes familiar nouns (mane [men], rain), verbs in present tense (no evidence), plurals (no evidence) and prepositions (in, undr [under]) with usage errors and omissions.

Writes to complete simple patterned sentences (Fun in watr [water].).

Copies words and phrases, and spells sight words (it, wet, no).

Writes in words and phrases to express ideas (to mane rain [Two men are in the rain]).

Connects words using “and”  (no evidence).

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

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