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First Grade

Looking at Writing: First Grade

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First graders write many times a day to express their ideas and interests — they are writing with a purpose, through, stories, letters, and lists. They can print clearly and leave spaces between words. Children in first grade are able to write simple but complete sentences, and they are beginning to understand when to use capital letters, commas, and periods. In their writing, you’ll see a combination of invented and correct spelling (especially words from a word wall or vocabulary list). 

First graders also begin to use “story language” in their own writing, for example, incorporating phrases such as “once upon a time” and “happily ever after.”

Select the writing sample links at left to view real examples of first grade writing at different skill levels.

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What does 1st grade writing look like?

Can your 1st grader write a simple essay?

Can your 1st grader research and discuss a topic?

Classroom strategies

Informal assessment