Cobb County Kindergarten Writing StagesChild’s name_________________________________________ Date ____________________ Pictorial Writer Stage Writing is drawing or manipulating objects. A The Alphabet awareness/letters may be known but are not applied. The “story” can be told with the child’s oral-language. Stage B The Squiggler/Verbal StoryTeller Writing is represented in scribbles or patterns Letters may be written randomly. Oral stories and pictures may become more elaborate. A connection is beginning to be understood between written symbols and the idea of writing a “story”. There is an attempt to record letters and numbers as familiarity with them is developed. Stage C The Letter Shaker/Copier Random letters and child’s name are often incorporated into the “story.” Letters and words posted in the environment are often copied. The oral/pictorial “story” often incorporates random letters or copied words. Distinguishing between letters and words may not exist. Stage The Sound Maker/Labeler D There is evidence of beginning understanding of letter/sound connections. Parts of the picture “story” may be labeled in writing and referenced in the oral story. The concept of story is beginning to be developed. Simple “stories” are conceived and told. Writing begins to reflect the separation of words by using spaces.
Kindergarten Writing Rubric This rubric reflects only the GPS for Kindergarten. Further evaluation guidance by genre is available on the Kindergarten Proficiency Chart. K Standard: The student begins to understand the principles of writingComponents of the 3 2 1 Standard Consistent and successful Progressing toward meeting Limited or minimum progress towards meeting the the standard progress toward meeting the standard standard.Uses drawings, letters, and Writes sentences using Experiments with writing Draws a picture and writesphonetically spelled words phonetically spelled words to sentences, using beginning letters to describe familiarto describe familiar persons, describe familiar persons, letter sounds and phonetically persons, places, objects orplaces objects, or places, objects, or experiences. spelled words. experiences.experiences.Accurately prints name, all Accurately prints name, all Accurately prints most of the Prints some upper and loweruppercase and lowercase upper and lowercase letters of upper and lower case letters case letters and some teacherletters of the alphabet, and the alphabet and teacher introduced and most teacher selected words.teacher-selected words. selected words. selected words.Uses left to right pattern of Consistently uses left to right Some progress toward using Limited or minimum progresswriting. pattern of writing. left to right pattern of writing. toward using left to right pattern of writing.Begins to use capitalization Uses capitalization at the Some progress when using Limited or minimum progressat the beginning of sentences beginning of sentences and capitalization at the toward using capitalization atand punctuation (periods and punctuation (periods and beginning or sentences and the beginning or sentences andquestion marks) at the end of question marks) at the end of punctuation (periods and punctuation (periods andsentences. sentences. question marks) at the end of question mark) at the end of sentences sentences.