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Third Grade - Curriculum Guide

Third Grade Guide

Writing Assessment

Writing Rubric (Based on CA Language Arts Standards) for third grade is described in the following table. A score of 3 meets state and district third grade standards.

Score

Characteristics of assessments earning the score

4

 

    • Clearly addresses requirements of the strategies and application (see below).

    • Responds to prompt with very well-organized paragraph(s) that include a specific topic, engaging beginning, descriptive detailed sentences with elaboration, and an effective conclusion.

    • Contains few, if any, errors in conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling). These errors do not interfere with the readers understanding of writing.

    • Includes a variety of sentence types (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory).

    • Includes sentence variation (dialogue, beginning with gerund, combing, etc.).

    • Enriched vocabulary and figurative language.

3

 

    • Addresses requirements of the strategies and application. (see below)

    • Responds to prompt with a organized paragraph(s) that include a specific topic, topic sentence, relevant details, and a conclusion.

    • Writes in complete sentences.

    • Contains few errors in conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling) These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of writing.

    • Includes more than one sentence type (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory)

    • Includes sentence variation (dialogue, beginning with gerund, combing, etc...)

2

 

    • Partially addresses requirements of the strategies and application (see below).

    • Limited response to prompt. Writing suggests a central idea with limited but mostly relevant details.

    • Paragraph shows some evidence of correct structure and sequence.

    • Writes mostly complete sentences.

    • Contains errors in conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling). These errors may interfere with the readers understanding of writing.

1

 

    • Does not adequately address requirements of the strategies and application (see below).

    • Response to prompt shows little understanding of purpose. Writing does not suggest a central idea with supporting detail.

    • No evidence of a logical paragraph plan.

    • Writes incomplete sentences.

    • Contains serious errors in conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling). These errors interfere with the readers understanding of writing.

Writing Strategy for Third Grade

  • Writing clearly develops a central idea consistent with a given prompt

  • Penmanship is legible (cursive is recommended)

  • Writing process is used (pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing)

Applications of Writing Strategy

  • Narrative: Provides a context which action takes place (setting, cause and effect, and explanations) includes well-chosen details to develop the plot. Provides insight into why the selected incident is memorable.

  • Descriptive: Writes a description giving a unified impression of a person, place, thing, or experience using concrete sensory details.

  • Letter Writing: Writes a personal or formal letter as well as invitation and thank you note showing awareness of audience and clear purpose, includes date, proper salutation, body, closing, and signature.

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