Writing Performance Levels

Level 6      Student work:
-consistently pursues a strong, central purpose across a complex range
of ideas, skillfully engages the reader, and shows exceptional insidght
into the subject.
-includes main ideas that are developed comprehensively and supported
with a variety of logical reasons and detailed examples
-is skillfully organized
-shows distinctive style through skillfull and expressive use of
vocabulary, phrasing, and sentence structure
-demonstrates essentially error-free control of grammar, punctuation,
capitalization and spelling

Level 5     Student work:
-consistently pursues a central purpose, holds the interest of the
reader, and shows insight into the subject
-includes main ideas that are developed and supported by a variety of
resons and examples
-is effectively organized
-shows emerging style through effective use of vocabulary, phrasing and
sentence structure
-consistently demonstrates the accurate use of grammar, punctuation,
capitalization, and spelling

Level 4    Student work:
-shows a consistent purpose, communicates to the reader, and connects to
the writer's knowledge to the subject
-includes main ideas that are organized, developed and supported by
reasons and examples
-shows suitable vocabulary, phrasing, and sentence structure
-generally demonstrates the accurate use of grammar, punctuation,
capitalization and spelling

Level 3   Student work:
-shows a purpose, but may be inconsistent in communicating to the reader
of connecting the writer's knowledge to the subject
-includes main ideas that may be organized or partially developed and
supported by some reasons and examples
-may show imprecise use of vocabulary, phrasing, and sentence structure
-includes some errors in the use of grammar, punctuation, capitalization
and spelling

Level 2     Student work:
-attempts to connect the writer's knowledge to the subject and may not
show a purpose
-is typically brief, unorganized, and underdeveloped
-may include frequent errors in the use of grammar, capitalization,
punctuation and spelling

Level 1     Student work:
-is too brief or disorganized to communicate to the reader
-may not connect the writer's knowledge to the subject
-typically includes many errors in the use of grammar, capitalization,
punctucation, and spelling

provided by:
Cynthia Holman
English Department Chair
Yucaipa Junior High School
Yucaipa, CA 92399