Content Area: Writing Grade Level: Kindergarten Grade level expectations



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Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: Kindergarten
Grade level expectations:

  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio (1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Letter Formation, Basic Sentences

  • Copywork of basic sentence structure

  • Picture and nature study: student looks at a picture or into nature and writes or dictates a description of what is seen


Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 1st grade
Grade level expectations:



  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Copy and imitate a simple sentence structure and begin learning and imitating paragraph structure

  • Teach how to write a topic sentence using simple starter words

  • Teach simple transition words to use in sentences to add details to the topic

  • Teach how to write an ending sentence using conclusion words

  • Independently write a paragraph (3-5 sentences) with organized structure (beginning, middle & end use “Topic sentence, Body, Conclusion” language) by end of year.

  • Copy, imitate and introduce writing simple poetry

  • Letter Writing: teach friendly letter format with heading

  • Creative Writing (one piece written using the 5 senses)

  • Picture and nature study: student looks at a picture or into nature and writes or dictates a description of what is seen



Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 2nd grade
Grade level expectations:

  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting attending to correct spelling, form, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Copy and imitate a good paragraph structure and form

  • Introduce the word “essay”

  • Use starter sentence words for topic sentence, transitional words for body/details, and conclusion words for ending sentence in each essay.

  • Independently write 1 Paragraph Essay by end of year (5-8 sentences)using organized structure (beginning, middle and end).

  • Letter writing: friendly letter format

  • Creative Writing

  • Copy, and imitate writing simple poetry

  • Write descriptive essay (3-5 sentence paragraph) of a picture and nature study


Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 3rd grade
Grade level expectations:



  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting attending to correct spelling, form, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Begin transition from calling a topic sentence to calling it a thesis sentence.

  • Introduce full list of starter sentence words, transition words, and conclusion words to be used in writing. Use starter words, transition words and conclusion words throughout all writing by completion of third grade

  • Teacher guided thesis statement using starter words, then student independently write a thesis statement using starter words.

  • Teacher-guided 3 paragraph essay with clear thesis statement

  • 2 independent 3 paragraph essays completed by the end of the year.

  • Intro 5 paragraph essay (President’s Report)

  • Letter Writing: friendly letter format, introduce business letter format

  • Creative Writing

  • Introduce and teacher guided simple outlining of reading

  • Introduce the 4 functional types of sentences in writing: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.

  • Introduce editing process of student’s written work- teacher guides students step by step using a rubric to evaluate student’s progress

  • Paraphrasing: Retell stories in chronological order in detail and learn how to use that to write a summary

(Known writing projects: animal reports (4), about a classmate—narrative, creative story, president report, flower report, poetry.)



Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 4th grade
Grade level expectations:

  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters and AR book reports.

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting attending to correct spelling, form, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Review of 3 paragraph essays with Intro, Body, and Conclusion.

  • Independently write a thesis statement using starter words.

  • Use starter words, transition words and conclusion words throughout all writing.

  • 5 paragraph essay: Thesis statement, teach the 3 body paragraphs are connected with connecting sentences using transition words, and thesis restated in conclusion

  • 5 paragraph essay instruction with 2 teacher-guided essays completed by the end of the year.

  • Introduce two column note taking

  • Model written book report using updated format provided.

  • Letter Writing: Friendly/Business letters

  • Creative Writing

  • Introduce using quotes in writing

  • Introduce using dialogue in writing.

  • Outlining reading

  • Editing written work - teacher guides students step by step using a rubric to evaluate student’s progress

  • Paraphrasing: Retell stories in chronological order in detail and learn how to use that to write a summary

(Known writing projects: Famous Coloradan Research Paper, Cinderella Story, State Report, Personal Narrative, poetry)



Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 5th grade
Grade level expectations:


  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters and AR book reports.

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting attending to correct spelling, form, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Review of 3 and 5 paragraph essays

  • Introduce list of more advanced starter and transition words.

  • Independently write a thesis statement using starter words.

  • REVIEW the 3 body paragraphs are connected with a connecting sentence using transition words.

  • One teacher-guided research paper (5 paragraph essay)

  • Additionally, 1-2 independent 5 paragraph essays by end of year

  • Book reports using format provided.

  • Letter Writing: Friendly/Business letters

  • Introduce two column note taking

  • Creative Writing

  • Introduce and begin writing different types of paragraphs: Descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive.

  • Write summary sentences for multiple paragraphs read

  • Hierarchical outlining

  • Editing written work focusing on students using the correct grammar in their writing.

(Known writing projects: Biome Report, Artist Report, Personal Narrative, Creative story)



Content Area: Writing

Grade Level: 6th grade

Grade level expectations:

  • Complete 4 pieces of writing throughout the year for student’s writing portfolio(1 per quarter and 1 creative) this is in addition to chapel thank you letters and AR book reports.

  • Copywork of scripture, poetry, and hymns: students reproduce literary selections in their best handwriting attending to correct spelling, form, punctuation, and capitalization.

  • Weekly Narration of Classical literature: teacher reads excerpt from a classical reading selection and student re-tells a summary of the story back to the teacher or a peer.

  • Dictation of Bible verses, hymns, and poetry

  • Review of 5 paragraph essays

  • Require the use of more advanced starter and transition words.

  • REVIEW body paragraphs are connected with connecting sentences using transition words.

  • Independently write a thesis statement using starter words.

  • Use starter words, transition words and conclusion words throughout all writing.

  • 3 independently completed 5 paragraph essays by the end of the year

  • 1 teacher-guided 7 paragraph research paper completed by end of year

  • Letter Writing: Friendly/Business letters

  • Creative Writing

  • Use two column note taking

  • Write using the 4 different types of paragraphs

  • Hierarchical outlining

  • Editing written work focusing on students using the correct grammar in their writing.

  • Write multiscene stories (Chapel Chum books)

(Known writing projects: Country Report, Creative story for chapel chum,

Teacher writing notebooks:




  • Rubrics for grading and student guidelines. Posters for each class included

  • Editing checklists (laminated per student for daily use)

  • Laminated starter, transition, and conclusion words to be put on student’s desk

  • Sample pieces of sentence and paragraph structure, writing, and outlining

  • Expectations and guidelines for different types of writing

  • Red/ Yellow and green flow chart for guiding students in their process of writing

  • New book report format


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