This week's writing is based on the game "Bike Baron" and is the same activity featured in Modblog 6 and based on the article Raising Standards in Boys' Writing.
This year I am trying to make an impact on pupil writing through the use of Guest Markers following on from an idea I read about in the excellent book The Lazy Teacher's Handbook: How your students learn more when you teach less, by Jim Smith. This week's writing also features on the Guest Marker section of the class blog I work on with David Andrews, which also explains how the Guest Marker project is going to work.
Level outlines: from (Lend me your literacy)
A general overview of Level 2 writing
- Simple and compound sentences with basic connectives that could be repetitive (such as ‘and’, ‘then’ and ‘so’).
- Writing style shows some evidence of purpose and awareness of audience.
- Often uses capital letters and full-stops.
- Writing is organised to show some understanding of the purpose of the task.
- Uses simple noun phrases.
A general overview of Level 3 writing
- Simple and compound sentences with connectives (such as ‘because’, ‘but’ and ‘while’).
- Some variety of sentence openings.
- Writing style is sometimes adapted deliberately and usually relevant to suit the purpose.
- Sentences show an understanding of sentence structure and include accurate use of capital letters and full-stops.
- Speech marks, question marks and exclamation marks sometimes used correctly.
- Some adverbial and noun phrases are used and are sometimes well-chosen.
A general overview of Level 4 writing
- Complex sentences (extra clauses).
- Written in logical paragraphs.
- Awareness of an appropriate opening and ending.
- Commas marking clauses.
- A range of connectives (not just simple ones).
- Apostrophes used.
- Adverbs and noun phrases which are appropriate to the task.
A general overview of Level 5 writing
- Complex sentences, with well-chosen clauses used to have an intentional effect on the reader.
- Written in well-organised paragraphs that are purposely varied in length for effect and are sometimes linked.
- Correct use of ambitious/adventurous vocabulary with figurative language used deliberately to have an impact on the reader.
- Commas used correctly along with a wider range of punctuation (such as brackets, colons, ellipsis and fully punctuated speech).
- A range of connectives used accurately.
- Writing style is almost totally appropriate to the task and individual noun phrases and adverbs are chosen for their impact and according to the purpose of the task.