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Grade Level Writing Expectations - First Grade

Writes Clearly and Effectively

Ideas/Development

  • Selects a wide range of topics for writing
  • Writes simple accounts with some elaboration, especially description or explanation

Organization

  • Shows attention to beginning, middle, and end in a piece of writing
  • Sequences two or three events or items of information
  • Answers a simple question in a complete sentence
  • Uses some simple conjunctions (e.g., and, then, but, so)

Voice

  • Express individuality in drawing and writing
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Uses more than one sentence structure in a piece of writing
  • Writes in first and third person
  • Word Choice
  • Experiment with new or favorite words
  • Use naming and action words
  • Use colorful language to evoke a mental picture in own writing

Sentence Fluency

  • Uses more than one sentence structure in a piece of writing
  • Writes in first and third person

Word Choice

  • Experiment with new or favorite words
  • Use naming and action words
  • Use colorful language to evoke a mental picture in own writing
Conventions
    Spelling
Capitalization Punctuation Grammar & Usage Sentences / Paragraphs
  • Conventional spelling of high frequency and grade-level words
  • Some common spelling patterns (e.g., sat, mat)
  • Phonetic spelling on other words, including vowels
  • Includes all consonant and some vowel sounds in phonetic spelling
  • First word in a sentence
  • Pronoun "I"
  • Names of people
  • Days of the week
  • Months
  • Period, question mark, or exclamation point at end of sentence
  • Correct use of singular and plural nouns
  • Spaces between words
  • Complete simple sentences
  • Questions
  • Exclamations
  • Writes legibly

 

Understands and Uses the Writing Process

Prewriting

  • Brainstorms, makes lists, and sometimes formulates first sentence before writing

Drafting

  • Uses own ideas through drawings, vocabulary, and spelling to create text

Sharing/Responding

  • Shares work and gets feedback from peers and family

Revising

  • Understands a first draft requires checking and usually revision
  • Reads own work and makes some revision or editorial changes, especially punctuation

Editing

  • Edits to meet 1st grade standards of conventions

Publishing

  • Publishes work crediting author and illustrator; sometimes includes dedication
  • Enhances published work with appropriate graphics and illustrations
  • Discusses own writing
  • Selects own writing to publish

Reflecting

  • Evaluates effort and product, though often by amount written
  • Refers to self as a writer
  • Self-reflects on piece selected for portfolio based on learning that took place

Addresses Audience, Purpose, and Form

  • Writes cards, letters, and notes to communicate with friends
  • Retells in some detail and in correct sequence
  • Uses different text forms in personal writing for a variety of audiences and purposes

Suggested Text Forms

  Literature or Literary Forms Informational, Task-oriented, and/or Technical Writing
New to
Grade Level
  • Recounts
  • Rhymes
  • Retellings
  • Recounts
  • Answers to questions
Previously
Introduced
  • Narrative: experiential stories
  • Narrative: fictional stories
  • Labels
  • Personal letters, cards, and notes
  • Diaries/journals labels
  • Captions
  • Informational sentence