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Fall Writing Expectations

Kindergarten writers can:

  • tell their story so it sounds like a story
  • tell their story with some description
  • use all basic shapes for sketching their story
  • draw a picture plan with labels, noises, speech bubbles
  • do some writing below their picture plan

First grade writers can:

  • write for their own audience
  • plan the beginning, middle and end of their story
  • use descriptions and talking in their story
  • write at least three sentences
  • spell 75-100 common words correctly
  • use lower case letters

Second grade writers:

  • plan stories with a beginning, more detailed middle and end
  • write with more than one character
  • use different types of punctuation
  • write about topics other than themselves
  • spell 175-200 common words
  • proofread their own writing for spelling, punctuation and capitalization


Winter Writing Expectations

Writers in Kindergarten through Fifth grade are expected to write:

  • Narrative (stories)
  • Informational
  • Opinions

Kindergarten writers tell and draw their story before writing, use speech bubbles and include a setting. They use some lower case letters and some beginning sounds to spell words. There is at least one line of words below their drawings.

First graders plan their writing with a beginning, middle and end. Writing includes more detailed middle of the story. Writers use punctuation and capitalize the beginning of the sentence and names. Many common words are spelled correctly.

Second grade writers plan their writing with labels, speech bubbles and details to help them write longer stories. Their writing includes talking, significant events and might have more than one setting. Can spell about 200 words correctly.


Spring Writing Expectations

By the end of kindergarten, writers can:

  • tell the specific audience for a particular story
  • plan with the beginning and end in mind
  • write with a setting
  • write at least two sentences (usually a beginning and an end)
  • spell about 30 words correctly
  • put spaces between words
  • use mostly lower case letters

By the end of first grade, writers can:

  • plan writing with words and pictures
  • proofread for spelling, punctuation and capitalization
  • spell words with more complex vowels (silent e, ea, etc.)
  • write stories with an organized beginning, middle and end
  • write with actions and significant events

By the end of second grade, writers can:

  • plan with words and some sketches
  • write with paragraphs including detailed description
  • include significant event (problem/solution)
  • revise their writing by adding details, removing or changing the order of ideas
  • spell 225-250 essential words
  • start sentences with different beginnings
  • use transition words