Above Grade-Level Writing

  • If your child is writing on this level these are the skills that they should be working on:

    1. Spelling:
      • Use developing knowledge of letter-sound correspondence (e.g., sound spelling or invented spelling) to spell independently grade-level decodable words, including words in word families.
      • Represents most phonemes in invented spelling, although not necessarily with conventional spelling (e.g., /k/ /a/ /t/ for cat).
      • Use conventional spelling to spell common grade-level irregularly spelled content and high-frequency words.
      • Spell correctly three- and four-letter short vowel words.
      • Understands the difference between conventional spelling, and sound or invented spelling.
      • Spells correctly previously studied words (e.g., grade-level multisyllabic, decodable words; irregularly spelled content and high-frequency words) in writing.
      • Use spelling patterns (e.g., word families) in writing.
      • Represents all the sounds in a word when spelling independently.
    2. Handwriting: 
      • Write legibly most uppercase and lowercase letters.
      • Writes letters legibly when dictated.
    3. Composition:
      • Write stories and information text that establish a topic and use words that can be understood by others. 
      • Writes a clear beginning, middle and end.
      • Uses conventional capitalization and punctuation to begin and end sentences.
      • Writes compositions for different purposes and includes text, illustrations, and other graphics.
      • Makes judgments about relevant and irrelevant content to include in writing.
      • Writes sentences in logical order, organize topics.
      • Uses capitalization, punctuation, and spelling rules to produce final products.
      • Begin to convey personal voice in writing.
      • Participates in writing conferences with teachers and peers to improve own writing and that of others.
      • Revises to add more details.
      • Checks to see if writing makes sense.
      • Edits for capitalization and punctuation to begin and end sentences.
    4. Motivation to write:
      • Writes daily.
      • Completes work.
      • Shares writing with others (e.g., participates in author's circle).