• Writing Expectations in 1st Grade: ALL writing should include:

    ** Introduction (Use a topic sentence to introduce your writing so your reader will know what he/she is reading about. Example: Children all over the world have responsibilities at home.  There are many things I do to be responsible.)


    ** Details (Include at least 3 details. This will not just be 3 sentences. Details should have support. Example.  Students may write- I help my mom with the dishes.  Students should follow that sentence with support.  I am careful not to break any. 


    ** Conclusion (Wrap your story up with good ending sentences. Do NOT write “The End!”)


    Don’t forget:

    1. Capitals

    2. Ending Punctuations

    3. Sentences should begin to get more complex. Students should be using more specific word choices. Think age: If a child is six, sentences should be about 6 words long. Example: Instead of- I feed my pet.  Try- I feed crunchy dog bones to Buster.

    4. Use adjectives (words that describe)


    **** REMEMBER to WOW me with your detailed sentences. I would like to hang some WOW papers in the hallway for others to see as a great writing example. ****


    For more Writing help/information, click below:


    Click here: What Teachers are Looking for in Writing


    Click here: K-2 Six-Traits Writing Rubric for 1st graders to read and understand


    Click here: K-2 Six-Traits Writing Scoring Rubric

RWA (Reading and Writing Assessment)

  • 3 times a year Marion County assesses K - 5 students on their writing skills. Students are given a text to read. Teacher reads the text out loud. Then students are given a prompt (topic). Students are then timed 30 minutes to plan, write and revise (edit) their writing. This writing is scored by Ms. Anderson and 1 other MSA First grade teacher. Teachers are to use the Marion County Public Schools K-2 Six-Traits Wriitng Scoring Rubric. The rubric consists of a score of 0 being the lowest  (50% U) to 5 being the highest (100% E). The percentage score is entered as a grade in LA under Communication. 


    Students are scored based on how well they organized (clear and full beginning, middle and conclusion) their writing, the amount of details and text information mentioned in their writing, as well as grade appropriate capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Take a look at the Writing links under the Writing tab for specific information. 


    Our 2nd RWA will be the week of December 5th and students will write an informative/explanatory piece of writing.


    Features of an Informative/Explanatory Text: Click the below link for a Explain Template


    writing to explain template



     LA Florida Standard: 1.W.1.2 = Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.


    LA Florida Standard: 1.L.1.1 = Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

    a. Print all upper- and lowercase letters.

    b. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

    c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).

    d. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).

    e. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

    f. Use frequently occurring adjectives.

    g. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because).

    h. Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives).

    i. Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward).

    j. Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.


    LA Florida Standard: 1.L.1.2 = Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    a. Capitalize dates and names of people.

    b. Use end punctuation for sentences.

    c. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.

    d. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.

    e. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.


    Our 1st RWA was the week of October 3rd and students wrote a Narrative. See below about information included in a Narrative.

    Features of Narrative Text:

    **  It is a made-up story.

    **  It has a beginning, middle, and end.

    **  It has characters, a setting, and a plot.

    **  It has a plot with a problem that is solved at the end.

    **  It uses time-order words to tell events in sequence.


    LA Florida Standard: 1.W.1.3 =  Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.