Sample Writing Test – 1- Grade 4

Envelope [1]

 

 

  • One morning a child looks out the window and discovers that a huge castle has appeared overnight. The child rushes outside to the castle and hears strange sounds coming from it. Someone is living in the castle!

The castle door creaks open. The child goes in.

 

Write a story about who the child meets and what happens inside the castle.

 

 

Scoring Guide

 

Score & Description

Excellent

 

• Tells a well-developed story with relevant descriptive details across the response.

• Events are well connected and tie the story together with transitions across the response.

• Sustains varied sentence structure and exhibits specific word choices.

• Exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Skillful

 

• Tells a clear story with some development, including some relevant descriptive details.

• Events are connected in much of the response; may lack some transitions.

• Exhibits some variety in sentence structure and exhibits some specific word choices.

• Generally exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Sufficient

 

• Tells a clear story with little development; has few details.

• Events are generally related; may contain brief digressions or inconsistencies.

• Generally has simple sentences and simple word choice; may exhibit uneven control over sentence boundaries.

• Has sentences that consist mostly of complete, clear, distinct thoughts; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics generally do not interfere with understanding.

 

Uneven

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Attempts to tell a story, but tells only part of a story, gives a plan for a story, or is list-like.

• Lacks a clear progression of events; elements may not fit together or be in sequence.

• Exhibits uneven control over sentence boundaries and may have some inaccurate word choices.

• Errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics sometimes interfere with understanding.

 

Insufficient

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Attempts a response, but is no more than a fragment or the beginning of a story OR is very repetitive.

• Is very disorganized OR too brief to detect organization.

• Exhibits little control over sentence boundaries and sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate in much of the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics are severe enough to make understanding very difficult in much of the response.

 

Unsatisfactory

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Attempts a response but may only paraphrase the prompt or be extremely brief.

• Exhibits no control over organization.

• Exhibits no control over sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate across the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics severely impede understanding across the response.

 

  • We all have favorite objects that we care about and would not want to give up.

Think of one object that is important or valuable to you. For example, it could be a book, a piece of clothing, a game, or any object you care about.

 

Write about your favorite object. Be sure to describe the object and explain why it is valuable or important to you.

 

 

Scoring Guide

 

Score & Description

Excellent

 

• Develops ideas well and uses specific, relevant details across the response.

• Is well organized with clear transitions.

• Sustains varied sentence structure and exhibits specific word choices.

• Exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Skillful

 

• Develops ideas with some specific, relevant details.

��� Is clearly organized; information is presented in an orderly way, but response may lack transitions.

• Exhibits some variety in sentence structure and exhibits some specific word choices.

• Generally exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Sufficient

 

• Clear but sparsely developed; may have few details.

• Provides a clear sequence of information; provides pieces of information that are generally related to each other.

• Generally has simple sentences and simple word choice; may exhibit uneven control over sentence boundaries.

• Has sentences that consist mostly of complete, clear, distinct thoughts; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics generally do not interfere with understanding.

 

Uneven

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Provides limited or incomplete information; may be list-like or have the quality of an outline.

• Is disorganized or provides a disjointed sequence of information.

• Exhibits uneven control over sentence boundaries and may have some inaccurate word choices.

• Errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics sometimes interfere with understanding.

 

Insufficient

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Provides little information and makes little attempt at development.

• Is very disorganized OR too brief for reader to detect organization.

• Exhibits little control over sentence boundaries and sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate in much of the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics are severe enough to make understanding very difficult in much of the response.

 

Unsatisfactory

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Attempts a response, but may only paraphrase the prompt or be extremely brief.

• Exhibits no control over organization.

• Exhibits no control over sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate across the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics severely impede understanding across the response.

 

Question 3 refers to Envelope [1]                                                       

  • Open the envelope labeled K and take out the letter.

Pretend this letter is from an imaginary friend that you have had since kindergarten. Read the letter. Think about what you could say that would help your friend decide to become visible.

 

On lined pages in your test booklet, write a letter to your imaginary friend. Convince your friend to become visible. In your letter, use details and examples.

 

 

Scoring Guide

 

Score & Description

Excellent

 

• Takes a clear position and develops support with well-chosen details, reasons, or examples across the response.

• Is well organized; maintains focus.

• Sustains varied sentence structure and exhibits specific word choices.

• Exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Skillful

 

• Takes a clear position and develops support with some specific details, reasons, or examples.

• Provides some organization of ideas by, for example, using contrast or building to a point.

• Exhibits some variety in sentence structure and exhibits some specific word choices.

• Generally exhibits control over sentence boundaries; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics do not interfere with understanding.

 

Sufficient

 

• Takes a clear position with support that is clear and generally related to the issue.

• Is generally organized.

• Generally has simple sentences and simple word choice; may exhibit uneven control over sentence boundaries.

• Has sentences that consist mostly of complete, clear, distinct thoughts; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics generally do not interfere with understanding.

 

Uneven

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Takes a position and offers limited or incomplete support; some reasons may not be clear or related to the issue.

• Is disorganized OR provides a disjointed sequence of information.

�� Exhibits uneven control over sentence boundaries and may have some inaccurate word choices.

• Errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics sometimes interfere with understanding.

 

Insufficient

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Takes a position, but provides only minimal support (generalizations or a specific reason or example); OR attempts to take a position but the position is unclear.

• Is very disorganized or too brief to detect organization.

• May exhibit little control over sentence boundaries and sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate in much of the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics may be severe enough to make understanding very difficult in much of the response.

 

Unsatisfactory

May be characterized by one or more of the following:

• Takes a position but provides no support, OR attempts to take a position (is on topic) but the position is very unclear; may only paraphrase the prompt.

• Exhibits no control over organization.

• Exhibits no control over sentence formation; word choice is inaccurate across the response.

• Characterized by misspellings, missing words, incorrect word order; errors in grammar, spelling, and mechanics severely impede understanding across the response.

 

 

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