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  • ELA-K.II.1.1. Use letters and phonetically spelled words to write about experiences, stories, people, objects, or events.


First Grade

  • ELA-1.II.1.1. Select a focus when writing.
  • ELA-1.II.1.2. Use descriptive words when writing.
  • ELA-1.II.2.1. Write brief narratives (e.g., fictional, autobiographical) describing an experience.


Second Grade

  • ELA-2.II.1.1. Group related ideas and maintain a consistent focus.
  • ELA-2.II.1.4. Revise original drafts to improve sequence and provide more descriptive detail.
  • ELA-2.II.2.1. Write brief narratives based on their experiences: a. Move through a logical sequence of events, and b. Describe the setting, characters, objects, and events in detail.


Third Grade

  • ELA-3.II.1.4. Revise drafts to improve the coherence and logical progression of ideas by using an established rubric.
  • ELA-3.II.2.1. Write narratives:
    a. Provide a context within which an action takes place.
    b. Include well-chosen details to develop the plot.
    c. Provide insight into why the selected incident is memorable.
  • ELA-3.II.2.2. Write descriptions that use concrete sensory details to present and support unified impressions of people, places, things, or experiences.


Fourth Grade

  • ELA.4.1.1. Select a focus, an organizational structure, and a point of view based upon purpose, audience, length, and format requirements.
  • ELA.4.1.3. Use traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
  • ELA.4.1.10. Edit and revise selected drafts to improve coherence and progression by adding, deleting, consolidating, and rearranging text.
  • ELA.4.2.1. Write narratives:
    a. Relate ideas, observations, or recollections of an event or experience.
    b. Provide a context to enable the reader to imagine the world of the event or experience.
    c. Use concrete sensory details.
    d. Provide insight into why the selected event or experience is memorable.


Fifth Grade

  • ELA.5.1.2. Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions:
    a. Establish a topic, important ideas, or events in sequence or chronological order.
    b. Provide details and transitional expressions that link one paragraph to another in a clear line of thought.
    c. Offer a concluding paragraph that summarizes important ideas and details.
  • ELA.5.2.4. Write persuasive letters or compositions:
    a. State a clear position in support of a proposal.
    b. Support a position with relevant evidence.
    c. Follow a simple organizational pattern.
    d. Address reader concerns.