Units of Study:
1. Narrative Writing
2. Information Writing
3. Opinion Writing
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Kindergarten is such an exciting year for students (and their teachers!) because they learn and grow so much. One of the areas in which we see tremendous growth is writing, where students find their voice and learn to put their ideas on paper. Many kindergartners start the year knowing a few letter sounds and how to write their names; by the end of the year they produce picture books telling true stories from their lives or explaining how to do something, and write opinion letters to create change. The most exciting moment is the first time the writer can read back her own marks on the page, discovering the power of the written word!
Many of you have asked how you can support your child’s progress in writing. Here are some of the most important things you can do.
For more information about how to help your child, refer to the chart showing how writing skills and expectations develop from pre-K to first grade. Look at where your child is now, and then look at where he might go next. For example, if your child is making only drawings, have him start adding labels as a step toward writing sentences.
Learning Progression for Writing
The page includes drawings and attempts to write words.
Ideas and events are written in order.
There is a recognizable beginning and end.
There are separate pages for the beginning, middle, and end.
Ideas and events are in order, connected by words such as and, then, so, and because.
The writer makes a beginning and end with the reader in mind.
The writer puts more and then more on the page.
Stories tell who was there, what they did and how they felt.
Information books include important ideas about the topic.
Opinion letters tell all about what the writer thinks. (This will be taught in the spring.)
Labels and words are used to give details.
The writer uses facts to teach the reader.
The writer can “read” his pictures.
The writer can label his pictures and write his name.
There are spaces between words.
Each sentence begins with a capital letter.
The writer puts letters for sounds she heard, and can read back her writing.
Each sentence ends with punctuation.
Names begin with capital letters.
The writer uses word chunks (at, op, it, etc.) to help spell.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s writing development, please contact me at any time. Working together, we can help your child learn to express ideas skillfully while discovering the joy and power of writing.
Narrative Writing Rubric
Informational Writing Rubric
Opinion Writing Rubric
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