Grade 8 Level 1 Writing Sample

Global warming has become a serious threat to our planet. Explain what we can do as citizens to reduce the effects of global warming. You may want to consider factors, such as:

  • recycling
  • the impact of fossil fuels (oil, gas and coal)
  • the impact of consumerism (buying things).
Student Example

Student writing sample:

When we go to place. We recycle. We recycle the fossil fuels. We recycle the oil and gas. We try don't use the aircons and cars. We try use oil little. We buy things. We consumerism. We grow many plants.  

Uses some utility words (place, we, plants), descriptive words (many) and subject-specific words (recycle, fossil fuels, oil, gas) related to familiar topics and familiar experiences. Uses some words from prompt without understanding (we consumerism)

Writes nouns (things), verbs in present tense (recycle, buy, grow) and simple past tense (no evidence), pronouns (we), prepositions (to) and articles (the) with usage errors and omissions.

Writes simple sentences (We try don’t use the aircons and cars.) and simple compound sentences (no evidence).

Uses spelling that reflects learner’s own pronunciation (no evidence), capitals at the beginning of sentences (We) and periods (.).

Produces text using familiar words and phrases to complete writing prompt (We try use oil little.).

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

Edits sentences for capitalization of names (no evidence) and words at beginning of sentences (We), periods (.) and spelling (the, we).

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