Grade 7 Level 1 Writing Sample

Look at the picture. Write a story.
Student Example

Student writing sample:

These guys play basktbol. They are two teams. On team is hat team. The hat team is a score and they are happy. The guy trow a bol into the to get the scor. On face team guy trys to stop the score. He is not happy.

Uses some utility words (face, hat, guy), descriptive words (happy) and subject-specific words (basktbol [basketball], team, score) related to familiar topics and personal experiences.

Uses nouns (team), verbs in present tense (is, are, get, trys [tries], stop) and simple past tense (no evidence), pronouns (He), prepositions (into, to) and articles (the) with usage errors and omissions.

Writes simple sentences and compound sentences (The hat team is a score and they are happy.).

Uses spelling that reflects learner’s own pronunciation (On [One], trow [throw], bol [ball]). Uses capitals at the beginning of sentences (The) and periods (.) at the end of sentences.

Produces texts using familiar words, phrases and sentence frames (He is not happy.).

Connects ideas in simple sentences using conjunctions (and), time markers (no evidence) and sequence markers (no evidence).

Edits for capitalization of names (no evidence) and words at the beginning of sentences (On [One]), periods (.) and regular spelling of familiar words (These, guys, play, two, teams).

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