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					                                       Writing State Performance Indicators Grades 3-8

                                                                                              Grade 3   Grade 4   Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7   Grade 8
1. Complete a simple graphic organizer (e.g., webbing) to group ideas for writing.             spi 1     spi 6     spi 1
2. Identify the purpose for writing (i.e., to entertain, to inform, to exhibit knowledge,      spi 2     spi 3     spi 3     spi 3     spi 3     spi 3
to respond to a picture, story, or art).
3. Choose the most specific word to complete a simple sentence.                                spi 3
4. Rearrange events in sequential order (or chronological order) in a writing.                 spi 4     spi 4     spi 8
5. Choose a topic sentence for a paragraph.                                                    spi 5     spi 1
6. Select the best (an appropriate) title for a text. (that reflects the topic of a written    spi 6     spi 5    spi 12     spi 2    spi 13    spi 14
selection)
7. Rearrange sentences to form a sequential, coherent paragraph.                               spi 7     spi 2     spi 2
8. Identify unnecessary information in a paragraph.                                            spi 8
9. Rearrange a story sequentially, with a logical beginning, middle, and end.                  spi 9
10. Choose a supporting sentence that best fits the context and flow of ideas in a            spi 10    spi 12    spi 13    spi 11    spi 12    spi 16
paragraph.
11. Identify the audience (Gr. 6 formal informal) for which a text is written.                spi 11    spi 13     spi 4     spi 4     spi 4     spi 4
12. Complete a graphic organizer (i.e., chart, graph, diagrams) arranging                     spi 12                         spi 1     spi 1     spi 1
information to be used in a writing sample.
13. Select the best way to combine sentences to provide syntactic variety within              spi 13     spi 9    spi 11     spi 9    spi 10
context.
14. Identify the most reliable source of information for preparing a report (or project).     spi 14     spi 8    spi 10     spi 5
15. Supply a missing piece of information in a simple outline.                                          spi 14
16. Identify sentences irrelevant to a paragraph's theme or flow.                                       spi 15    *spi 22   spi 10    spi 11     spi 6
17. Identify (Gr. 6 Identify) appropriate concluding sentence for a well-developed                      spi 16    spi 23     spi 8
paragraph.
18. Supply a missing piece of information in a simple outline.                                          spi 14    spi 14    spi 12     spi 6
19. Select appropriate time-order or transitional words to enhance the flow of a                         spi 7     spi 9     spi 7     spi 2     spi 2
writing sample.
20. Select details that support a topic sentence.                                                       spi 10     spi 5
21. Choose the supporting sentence that best develops a topic sentence.                                 spi 11
22. Choose vivid and active words when writing. (Gr. 8 active voice verbs, figurative                              spi 6                        *spi 20
language, imagery, colorful modifiers, and sensory details to enhance writings.)

23. Rearrange multi-paragraphed work of exposition (e.g., persuasion,                                             spi 21     spi 6     spi 7     spi 5
compare/contrast) in a logical and coherent order.



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                                       Writing State Performance Indicators Grades 3-8

                                                                                           Grade 3   Grade 4   Grade 5   Grade 6   Grade 7     Grade 8
24. Rank possible research resources according to reliability.                                                           spi 14                spi 15
25. Select illustrations, descriptions, and/or facts to support key ideas.                                               spi 15     spi 15
26. Select an appropriate thesis statement for a writing sample.                                                         spi 13      spi 9     spi 13
27. Select (Gr. 7 Write) an appropriate (Gr. 5 effective) concluding sentence for a                  spi 16    *spi 26             7.2 spi 5
well-developed paragraph (Gr. 5 essay).
28. Develop and write a paragraph topic sentence with supporting details.                                      *spi 7
29. Select, limit, and refine a writing topic.                                                                 *spi 15                         *spi 7
30. Write well-developed, organized, and coherent essays in response to narrative                              *spi 16
prompts.
31. Write well-developed, organized, and coherent essays in response to                                                                        *spi 17
expository prompts.
32. Revise to clarify thought, to refine ideas, and to distinguish between important                           *spi 17
and unimportant information.
33. Edit writing for the elements of language.                                                                 *spi 18                         *spi 19
34. Explain and/or illustrate key ideas when writing.                                                          *spi 19
35. Demonstrate syntactic variety when writing.                                                                *spi 20
36. Use appropriate transitional words and devices when writing.                                               *spi 24
37. Incorporate figurative language, vivid descriptions, active voice verbs, sensory                           *spi 25
details, and personal observations to display facility in the use of language.
38. Reorganize paragraphs into well-organized and coherently developed essays.                                                                 *spi 9
39. Integrate all steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing,                                                       *spi 10
and publishing.
40. Write well-developed and coherently developed paragraphs.                                                                                  *spi 8
41. Identify levels of reliability among resources (e.g., eyewitness account,                                                       spi 14     spi 11
newspaper account, supermarket tabloid account, Internet source).
42. Identify individual written selections as technical, narrative, persuasive, and/or                                              spi 8      spi 12
descriptive in mode.
43. Support key ideas with explanations, illustrations, anecdotes and descriptions,                                                            *spi 18
and facts.
44. Compose clear and correctly punctuated complex sentences to enrich syntactic                                                               *spi 21
variety.




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