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ELD Standards: Grades 3-5

Writing Strategies and Applications

ELD Levels
ELD Standards
Instructional Strategies
Beginning
Write the English alphabet legibly.
 
Label key parts of common objects.
 
Create simple sentences or phrases with some assistance.
 
Use models to write short narratives.
 
During group writing activities, write brief narratives and stories by using a few standard grammatical forms.
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Early Intermediate
Write short narrative stories that include elements of setting and characters.
 
Write simple sentences and use drawings, pictures, lists, charts, and tables to respond to familiar literature.
 
Follow a model given by the teacher to independently write a short paragraph of at least four sentences.
 
Write an increasing number of words and simple sentences appropriate for language arts and other content areas (e.g., math, science, history-social science).
 
Follow a model to write a friendly letter.
 
Produce independent writing that is understood when read but may include inconsistent use of standard grammatical forms.
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Intermediate
Narrate with some detail a sequence of events.
 
Produce independent writing that is understood when read buy may include inconsistent use of standards grammatical forms.
 
Begin to use a variety of genres in writing (e.g., expository, narrative, poetry).
 
Independently create cohesive paragraphs that develop a central idea with consistent use of standard English grammatical forms. (Some rules may not be followed). 
 
Use more complex vocabulary and sentences appropriate for language arts and other content areas (e.g., math, science, history-social science).
 
Write a letter independently by using detailed sentences.

Early Advanced
Write a detailed summary of a story.
 
Arrange compositions according to simple organizational patterns.
 
Independently write simple responses to literature.
 
Use complex vocabulary and sentences appropriate for language arts and other content areas (e.g., math, science, social studies).
 
Independently write a persuasive letter with relevant evidence. 
 
Write multiple-paragraph narrative and expository compositions appropriate for content areas, with consistent use of standard grammatical forms.

Advanced
Write short narratives that include examples of writing appropriate for language arts and other content areas (e.g., math, science, social studies).
 
Write a persuasive composition by using standard grammatical forms.
 
Write narratives that describe the setting, characters, objects, and events.
 
Write multiple-paragraph narrative and expository compositions by using standard grammatical forms.
 
Independently use all the steps of the writing process.
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