During third grade, children are really flexing their “idea” muscles and learning to express those ideas in more sophisticated ways. Sentences are getting longer and more complex. Kids are learning to use a dictionary to correct their own spelling. Grammar improves; for example, you’ll see appropriate punctuation, contractions, and correct subject-verb agreement.
Third graders can write an essay with a simple thesis statement, examples and supporting details, and a thoughtful concluding sentence. They are building skills in the writing process — research, planning, organizing, revising, and editing (with help from teachers and peers).
Select the writing sample links at left to view real examples of third grade writing at different skill levels.
Video developed by Great Schools and used with permission.
What does 3rd grade writing look like?
Can your 3rd grader write an informational essay?
Can your 3rd grader do research for an essay?
Join third grade teacher Shana Sterkin to see how she incorporates purposeful writing into her classroom every day, and strives to create a joyful, confident community of writers. Watch Growing Writers
Graphic organizers and other downloadables
- Describing Wheel
- Paragraph Frame
- Paragraph Hamburger
- Persuasion Outline
- Persuasive Words and Phrases
- Prewriting questions
- Pros and Cons Graphic Organizer
- RAFT Template
- Story structure using fairy tales: beginning, middle, and ending chart
- Sequence Chart
- Semantic Gradients Activities and Word List
- Sentence Combining Activity
- Sentence Combining Cards
- Transition words