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Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

Writing Assessment

December 16 Deedee 3 min read

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

Writing Assessments in Kindergarten. This blog post contains student writing samples that I used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. It compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

Kindergarten Writing Assessments

This week we gave our district’s writing assessment. Each kindergarten class performs the same assessment in the same manner.

Our prompt was, “Write about something you like to do in the snow”. Teachers do not confer with students during this assessment and we do not give a writing mini-lesson before the assessment. This is an independent task. Students are permitted to use classroom resources like our word walls or the writing center.

The October sample was also an assessment (same hands-off rules applied).

As a district, we will score our student’s work together during a PD day. However, I included what I anticipate their score to be. 

NOTE: These images are small, but if you click on them, you will get a bigger image and you will be able to read the kid’s handwriting.

Analysis of  Writing Sample 1

This writing sample was determined to be proficient.

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

  • Uses spaces between words most of the time
  • Uses rereading strategy with 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Writes a simple message (a sentence) that communicates the writer’s purpose
  • Writes most letters using correct formation, may include capital letters (reversals accepted)
  • Hears and records some consonant letter sounds but not necessarily in sequential order
  • Writes 2-3 simple high-frequency words (excluding I, a)
  • Draws and writes about the prompt

Analysis of  Writing Sample 2

This writing sample was determined to be basic.

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

  • Writes words: may or may not use spaces
  • Uses rereading strategy with 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Writes a simple message (a sentence) that communicates the writer’s purpose
  • Writes some letters using correct formation, may include capital letters (reversals accepted)
  • Hears and records some consonant letter sounds but not necessarily in sequential order
  • Writes less than 2 simple high-frequency words (excluding I, a)
  • Draws and writes about the prompt

Analysis of  Writing Sample 3

This writing sample was determined to be advanced.

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

  • Uses spaces between words consistently
  • Uses rereading strategy with 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Writes a simple message (two or more sentences) that communicates the writer’s purpose
  • Writes all letters with the correct formation (excluding reversals)
  • Hears and records some consonant letter sounds in sequential order and some easy to hear vowels may appear in sequential order
  • Writes 2-3 simple high-frequency words (excluding I, a)
  • Draws and writes about the prompt. Writing is supported by details

Analysis of  Writing Sample 4

This writing sample was determined to be advanced.

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

  • Uses spaces between words consistently
  • Uses rereading strategy and shows signs of editing
  • Writes a simple message (two or more sentences) that communicates the writer’s purpose
  • Writes all letters with the correct formation (excluding reversals)
  • Hears and records some consonant letter sounds in sequential order and some easy to hear vowels may appear in sequential order
  • Writes 4 or more simple high-frequency words (excluding I, a)
  • Draws and writes about the prompt. Writing is supported by details

Classroom Sample

I think these samples are pretty indicative of my class population. I am not convinced our scoring guide for 2011 was rigorous enough. As a district, we are committed to not making any changes.  Because this was a district scoring guide, I am not permitted to share it.  

Anchor Chart for Book Making

On another note, during writer’s workshop we co-created this anchor chart that was very helpful with our book writing.  This helps students self-monitor and check when they they think they are done.

Writing Assessment in Kindergarten. Student writing samples used to assess students writing progress across the writing continuum. This blog post compares October kindergarten writing samples with December kindergarten writing samples. These samples were collected during our kindergarten writers workshop time.

UPDATE since 2011!

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Each unit is carefully planned out.

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And it walks you through each day’s lesson.

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8 Comments

  • Kristen December 16 at 1:03 am

    oh, it's so cool to see their progress in Kindergarten! I've really enjoyed seeing your writing samples this year, I find it so fascinating!
    Kristen

  • Mrs. Cole December 16 at 2:39 am

    I love it. I use the same type of Kid Writing assessment in my class but my school isn't all on the same track. I linked your post on my blog.

    Diana
    coleslittlepups.blogspot.com

  • Sarah December 16 at 3:34 am

    I am love w/ the writing movement that you have going within your classroom that is streaming into my own classroom! I am in love with In pictures and In Words! What an inspiring book!

    I have 3 or 4 kiddos with there first "published" books! We were using words like first draft, re-reading text, illustrations, revision and final draft! They have been COMPLETELY.HANDS-DOWN.MOTIVATED! I have seen a complete transformation! Thank you for the first post that started all this energy in my classroom.

    Looks like you have the variety of learners that I have within my classroom! L.O.V.E. how I am now able to push and meet the needs of EACH student where they are….then moving them forward!

    Our district is just getting on board w/ the writing rubric (well rubrics in general) We are also working for a more standards based report card! I cant wait to take your scoring rubric into my classroom and see how it best fits — cant wait to share back!

    As soon as I get some of our books posted on my "sad, neglected" blog, I will share back with you!!

    Thank you.
    Sarah
    [email protected]

  • Deedee December 16 at 10:10 pm

    Kristen… does it make you want to teach kindergarten? LOL!

    Thanks Diana!

    Sarah~Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I am so glad my journey is helping you. There are so many ways to teach writing and I feel like I am constantly making shifts and adjustments, but is helpful to lean on my peers (you guys).

    I hope the rubric works for you. Let me know when you have something to check out on your blog. I can't wait to see!!!!

  • Kristen December 17 at 1:18 am

    Hey Deedee, sometimes it does! Especially with the year I'm having, haha! The grass is always greener, right? 😉

  • S. Parker December 18 at 4:58 am

    I love to see how different each of these samples are. It seems like you are "moving" kids in the right direction. Thank you for sharing them.

    Hope you are enjoying some free time soon! Happy holidays!

  • Deedee December 18 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks Mrs. P! It really is about changes over time. They are all on the writing journey. They may not all arrive at the same time, but they are headed in the right direction. What more can we ask for?

    Happy holidays to you to my friend!

  • Taryn November 9 at 6:02 am

    Hey DeeDee, I just found your blog and love how you do writing. We are giving our first writing assessment like this, this week. What was your November prompt?

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