Grade 1 writing comment starters

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NOTE: $ = Name, @ = he/she # = his/her


Meaning (Not Yet Meeting Expectations)
-writing is short in length, sometimes not even containing full sentences, therefore @ ____

- he often relies on drawings to tell the story rather than written words, thus @ ____


Meaning (Minimally Meeting / Approaching Expectations)
-writing is based on familiar stories, thus @ ____

- struggles to connect the ideas within # writing, therefore @ ____

- needs support to add details to # writing, thus @ is encouraged to ____

- at times @ introduces # story, however it does not have a developed problem or solution, therefore ____


Meaning (Fully Meeting / Meeting Expectations)
-demonstrates some individuality in writing, which makes # writing interesting to read, demonstrated in # ____

- the sentences in # writing are connected to a common idea

- beginning to add supporting detail to # writing, for example @ ____(uses descriptive words/place or character names/interesting action verbs)

- identifies characters at the beginning of # stories

- includes a problem in # writing and attempts to include a solution that makes sense

Meaning (Exceeding Expectations)

-demonstrates individuality in writing, which makes # writing interesting to read (eg. using humour, surprise)

- includes supporting details which further develop the topic @ is writing about

- identifies characters and the main idea at the beginning of # stories, evident in ____

- # stories usually include a logical problem and a related solution, as demonstrated in # story on ____

Style (Not Yet Meeting Expectations)
- @ needs support from an adult to express # ideas, thus @ ____

-sometimes @ is able to work from sentence frames to create simple sentences, and @ is encouraged to ____

- when writing independently, @ uses familiar words or those displayed around the room rather than generating # own ideas

- often writes in one long sentence, thus @ ____

- often writes in short incomplete sentences, therefore ____

Style (Minimally Meeting / Approaching Expectations)
- uses simple language and often repeats favourite words in # writing

-writing is sometimes confusing, and @ is encouraged to identify describe characters clearly

- at times uses short and choppy or run-on sentences in # writing, which can make # writing difficult to follow, therefore @ ____

Style (Fully Meeting / Meeting Expectations)
- includes some story language and some description, which makes the writing clear and interesting to read, as demonstrated in # (story) ____.

- uses simple sentences and patterns in # writing

Style (Exceeding Expectations)
- @ takes risks in # writing by trying to added interesting language and detail

- uses a variety of sentence types in # writing and is beginning to use dialogue when appropriate

- tries to add powerful words in # writing, such as Wow! to capture the readers attention

Form – Writing from Experience and Writing Stories (Not Yet Meeting Expectations)

- @ is able to share # ideas orally, however @ needs an adult to write down # ideas

- independent writing is often a string of letters or simple words found within the room

- uses drawings to express # ideas, therefore ____


Form – Writing from Experience and Writing Stories (Minimally Meeting / Approaching Expectations)
- # stories/journal entries sometimes seem incomplete because the ideas in # writing are often loosely connected, therefore @ ____

- # writing is often very brief, with much of the information provided by a drawing

- requires support to record # own ideas successfully

- often uses and as the only connecting word, which creates one long sentence, making the writing difficult to follow, therefore ____


Form – Writing from Experience and Writing Stories (Fully Meeting / Meeting Expectations)
- includes a beginning, middle, and end in # stories, evident in ____

- # stories are often complete and make sense without further explanation or pictures

- most of the events in # writing are logically connected, as in # recent ____

- uses the same connecting words (e.g. and then) in # writing, thus @ is encouraged to ____


Form – Writing from Experience and Writing Stories (Exceeding Expectations)
- # stories are sequenced with a clear beginning, middle, and end, evident in ____

- the ideas @ writes about in # journal entries are clear and organized

- # stories are often complete and make sense without further explanation or pictures

- the events in # stories are logically connected, evident in ____

- uses a variety of connecting words (e.g. and, so, then, but etc) in # writing, which increases the quality of # writing

Conventions (Not Yet Meeting Expectations)

- @ often writes using strings of capital letters and forgets to put spaces between the words, therefore ____

- is able to identify the beginning sounds of the words @ wants to write, however @ needs support to write the complete word, therefore @ should ____

- needs assistance to make the connections between letters and the sounds they make, thus @ ____

- often needs assistance from an adult to write down # ideas

- @ is able to copy sentences provided by a teacher, therefore ____


Conventions (Minimally Meeting / Approaching Expectations)
- @ tends to use capital letters in # writing and may include small letters at times, thus @ ____

- spells some familiar words correctly and @ is beginning to use letters and sounds to spell new and unfamiliar words, therefore @ ____

- when reading # writing aloud, @ knows where # sentences begin and end, however @ needs reminders to include periods and capitals appropriately in # writing

- some parts of # writing are legible, however at times it is difficult to read


Conventions (Fully Meeting / Meeting Expectations)
- @ uses both capital and small letters in # writing, however at times @ is inconsistent and needs to be reminded to check # work

- @ is able to spell familiar words correctly in # daily writing and uses letters and sounds to spell new or unfamiliar words

- includes some punctuation (periods and exclamation marks) on a regular basis in # writing

- # writing is legible, however parts may be difficult to read, thus @ ____

Conventions (Exceeding Expectations)
- consistently uses capitals and small letters in # writing

- @ is able to spell most familiar words correctly and uses various strategies (e.g. magic e rule) to spell new or unfamiliar words

- writes in complete sentences

- @ is experimenting with various punctuation marks (e.g. question, exclamation, quotation) in # daily work

- # writing is legible and easy to read

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