Writing Skills

  • Writing Developmental Stages

    Emergent Writer (Pre-K and Kindergarten)

    • draws a picture to tell a story
    • understands that writing is communication in written form
    • uses scribble writing and symbol writing
    •  uses left to right progression
    • uses initial consonants  
    • uses spaces between words
    • selects writing topics
    • tells a story or "reads" writing to others

    Early Writer (First Grade)

    • uses invented spelling
    • uses initial and final consonants
    • places vowels correctly in words
    • uses many high-frequency words as he/she writes
    • creates a title for his/her story has a beginning, middle, and end in his/her story
    • begins using dialogue
    • uses capitals and periods
    • begins using editing and identifies misspelled words
    • uses environment as a resource for spelling correctly and writing ideas

    Fluent Writer (Second Grade)

    • develops parts of the story
    • understands knowledge about topics
    • runs topics throughout entire story      
    • adds details to the story
    • writes paragraphs
    • uses word endings
    • uses punctuation such as question mark, comma, exclamation mark, and quotation marks.
    • initiates the editing process