Building Writing Skills

Beginning
•Write from left to right with letters touching writing lines
•Place spaces between words – Use a finger, popsicle stick, etc.
•Use uppercase and lowercase letters
•Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence
•Use punctuation at the end of a sentence
•Use drawing, guided writing, and dictating to write
•Use letter/sound knowledge, sight words, and word walls to write simple
words
•Write correct beginning and ending consonant sounds
•Understand there are different types of writing (lists, letters, etc.)

Intermediate
•Consistently use correct, basic capitalization and punctuation
•Write in complete sentences
•Write correct beginning, middle, and ending sounds
•Use and spell sight words correctly
•Be able to read own writing to share with others
•Organize sentences based upon one topic
•Plan Stories (brainstorm, list, graphic organizer)
•Create and publish a variety of writings (stories, lists, letters, etc.)
•Begin to use voice, audience, and purpose in writing

Advanced
•Continues to use sight words and additional grade level words correctly
•Consistently use correct capitalization, punctuation, sentence structure,
tense, and subject/verb agreement
•Organize writing with beginning, middle, and ending
•Choose main topic to write about
•Add details to support main idea
•Use paragraphs
•Begin to use transitions (First, Second, Third, Last, Next, etc.)
•Use editing tools (dictionary, partner) to revise first draft
•Produce a variety of writings (poems, stories, letters, personal narratives)
•Follows the writing process
•Write from left to right with letters touching writing lines
•Place spaces between words – Use a finger, popsicle stick, etc.
•Use uppercase and lowercase letters
•Use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence
•Use punctuation at the end of a sentence
•Use drawing, guided writing, and dictating to write
•Use letter/sound knowledge, sight words, and word walls to write simple
words
•Write correct beginning and ending consonant sounds
•Understand there are different types of writing (lists, letters, etc.)



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