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Student Assessment of Writing Skills – Scoring Guide – Grade 3 Targets Informative: Letter Written to a Topic—Communicates ideas and information to an audience using a specific format SKILLS 3 2 1 0 Idea Development • Develops a clear and focused • Presents a main idea in • Attempts to present a main idea in • No response to the topic; main The writer develops the content of main idea in response to the response to the topic response to the topic idea is unclear the message through the use of topic details
• Uses descriptive details to • Uses relevant details • Limited use of relevant details • Details are consistently enrich idea development irrelevant Organization • Writing is presented in • Writing is presented in • Attempts to use letter format • Letter format is unidentifiable The writer builds the structure to appropriate letter format appropriate letter format support the purpose and effectiveness of the writing. • Uses a topic sentence; • Uses a topic sentence; similar • Similar ideas are grouped • Similar ideas are not grouped effectively organizes similar ideas are grouped together together without a topic together; no evidence of a topic ideas sentence sentence Voice • Letter consistently reveals • Letter reveals personal voice • Letter reveals limited personal voice • Letter is flat and lifeless The writer uses descriptive, original personal voice appropriate to the appropriate to the purpose appropriate to the purpose language to communicate directly to purpose the audience in a way that is individual, compelling, and engaging. • Uses a variety of descriptive • Uses descriptive words or • Demonstrates little variation in word • Uses an extremely limited range words or phrases phrase choice and/or repetitious use of of words or phrases or simple words and phrases consistently uses words incorrectly Conventions • Uses grade-appropriate • Uses grade-appropriate • Spells common words correctly, but • Misspells common words The writer develops the mechanical spelling consistently spelling other grade- appropriate words correctness of the piece including incorrectly spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar. • Uses grade-appropriate • Uses grade-appropriate • Uses limited grade-appropriate • Demonstrates incorrect use of capitalization and punctuation capitalization and punctuation capitalization or punctuation grade-appropriate capitalization or consistently punctuation throughout • Uses grade-appropriate • Uses grade-appropriate • Demonstrates limited control of • Demonstrates incorrect use of grammar and usage grammar and usage grade-appropriate grammar and grade-appropriate grammar and consistently usage usage throughout • Uses varied and mostly • Attempts to use varied • Sentences are simple and lack • Sentences are run-on, incomplete, correct sentences sentences; sentences variety; inconsistently uses correct or fragmented are mostly correct sentencesWyoming Department of Education
Student Assessment of Writing Skills – Scoring Guide – Grade 3 Targets Informative: Letter Written to a Topic—Communicates ideas and information to an audience using a specific …
The writing assessment for grade three consists of teacher evaluation of student writing using an analytic scoring system.
Official State Scoring Guides are required for use with Work Samples for the Essential Skills graduation requirement. * The Official Writing Scoring Guide is the only one allowable rubric for the use of scoring writing Work Samples to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skill of Writing.
The teacher does this by carefully monitoring students' writing to assess strengths and weaknesses, teaching specific skills and strategies in response to student needs, and giving careful feedback that will reinforce newly learned skills and correct recurring problems.
Using representative samples of student writing, third-grade teachers are to use the analytic scoring rubrics in the Guide to determine the performance levels in each domain for each child in the classroom. Teachers collect writing samples by providing many opportunities for students to produce the various types of writing throughout the year.