• Writing Levels
     
    Similar to Reading Workshop's reading levels, writers will be scored through writing levels on both timed and published pieces. With each assignment, regardless of genre, students will be given a standard rubric, allowing students to become familiar with writing expectations. They will use these expectations to set personal goals, allowing their skills to improve throughout the year.
      

    The following is a table with the writing level benchmark by marking period for Grade 7:

     Grade 7
    MP 1 (Narrative)
    BG = 13
    AG = 14
    MG = 15
    EG = 16 
    Grade 7
    MP 2 (Informational)
    BG = 13
    AG = 14
    MG = 15/16
    EG = 17 
     Grade 7
    MP 3 (Argumentative)
    BG = 13
    AG = 14
    MG = 15/16
    EG = 17 
     Grade 7 
    MP 4 (Narrative) 
    BG = 14
    AG = 15
    MG = 16
    EG = 17 

    BG = below grade level expectations;  AG = approaching grade level;  MG = meeting grade level; EG = exceeding grade level 

    Writing Rubric Categories
    Overall
    Lead
    Transtions
    Ending
    Organization
    Elaboration
    Craft
    Spelling
    Punctuation 
     
    For each writing piece, students will use a Writer's Checklist which will help guide the revision and editing process. This is to ensure that class lessons and grade level expectations are considered while writing. 
     
    Here are some examples of checklist components for a narrative piece:
     
    Overall: I created a narrative that has realistic characters, tension, and change; and that not only conveys, but also develops an idea, lesson, or theme.
     Transitions: I used transitional phrases and clauses to connect what happened to why it happened (If he hadn't...he might not have, because of, although, little did she know that...)
     Craft: I developed the action, dialogue, details, and inner thinking to convey an issue, idea, or lesson.  I showed what is specific about the central character.  I developed the setting and the character's relationship to the setting.
     Punctuation: I varied my sentence structure, sometimes using simple and sometimes complex sentence structure.

     

    Writing Rubrics

    Argumentative Writing Rubric

    Informational Writing Rubric

    Narrative Writing Rubric