Writing Skills Record Sheets


This lists the sequence of writing skills important for your child to learn from pre-
school thro
ugh eighth grade. It allows you to check off each skill as it is mastered
and always points to the most important to be learned next.

Keep an on-going record of your child's progress and current needs by circling the number of each writing skill for which your child needs further work or understanding.  Fill in the circle when the skill has been mastered, and record the date.

For example:

____ 6. Clear and effective writing.

 

 

 
 

The numbers in parentheses indicate the common grade levels the skill or concept is introduced.  Any skills found not mastered at a lower level than the grade at which the child is expected to perform become high priority objectives.  It is very difficult to make good writing progress if unmastered lower-level skills keep getting in the way.  In any case, skills at a child's appropriate challenge level offer the greatest motivation and growing-power for any child.  Identical identifying numbers are used for both tests and games.  This makes it easy to quickly look up the specific games that would make the greatest difference to your child's success.  If used in a school setting, the teacher can pinpoint each student's needs and plan appropriate, supportive activities to ensure each child having a successful school year.

 

____ 1. Pre-writing and Visual-motor Skills  (Pre-school and K)

 

____ 2. Penmanship  (K - 8)

 
Print

____  2.01  Lower case letters

____  2.02  Capital letters

 

____  2.03  On line

____  2.04  Size

____  2.05  Spacing
 
Cursive

____  2.06  Lower case

____  2.07  Close letters

____  2.08  Loop letters

____  2.09  Non-loop letters

____  2.10  Rounded letters

 

____  2.11  Capital

___  2.12  Close letters

___  2.13  Loop letters

___  2.14  Non-loop letters

___  2.15  Rounded letters

 

____  2.16  Spacing

____  2.17  Slant

____  2.18  Ease

____  2.19  Neatness


 

 

___ 3. Spelling  (1 - 8)
 

 

 

____3.01 Short vowel words

____3.02 Final e words

____3.03 Other long vowel words

____3.04 Consonant teams

____3.05 Double l and double s teams

____3.06 R controlled vowels

____3.07 C spells the s or k sound - c and k spell the k sound

____3.08 Common word endings

____3.09 Vowel teams

____3.10 Contractions

____3.11 Compound words

____3.12 Dividing words into syllables

____3.13 Silent letters

____3.14 Plurals

____3.15 nk and qu teams

____3.16 Tricky words

____3.17 Prefixes

____3.18 Suffixes

____3.19 Days - months - holidays - numbers

____3.20 Homonyms

____3.21 Words most often misspelled by elementary students

____3.22 Words most often misspelled by adults

 

____ 4. Grammar
 

  Parts of Speech

____4.01 Person place - thing  (K)

____4.02 Simple action word  (1 - 2)

____4.03 Common & proper nouns  (3)

____4.04 Pronouns

____4.05 Adjectives

____4.06 Verbs


____4.07 Conjunctions  (4)

____4.08 Interjections

____4.09 Prepositions  (5)

____4.10 Adverbs

____4.11 Auxiliary verbs  (6)

____4.12 Direct object  (7)

Usage  (all grades, but increasing emphasis in later grades)

____4.13 Form of verb to indicate tense  (play, played)

____4.14 Verb agrees with subject  (singular or plural)

____4.15 Avoid double negatives

____4.16 Avoid unnecessary words

____4.17 Pronoun usage

____4.18 Correct meanings  (teach, learn)

 

____ 5. Punctuation & Capitalization
 

Punctuation

____5.01 Period at end of sentence.  (1)

____5.02 Question mark at end of sentence.

____5.03 Comma between day of month and year.

____5.04 Comma after the greeting in a letter.  (2)

____5.05 Comma after the close in a friendly letter.

____5.06 Period after abbreviation of title of respect.

____5.07 Comma between city and state.

____5.08 Exclamation point at end of sentence.

____5.09 Colon (:) to separate hours and minutes.

____5.10 Apostrophe (') in contractions.  (3)

____5.11 Period after each initial.

____5.12 Period after each abbreviation.

____5.13 Quotation marks (") around direct quotations.  (4) 

____5.14 Other punctuation inside end quotation mark.

____5.15 Comma to separate day of week from month.

____5.16 Apostrophe to show ownership.

____5.17 Quotation marks around titles.

____5.18 Commas to separate person addressed.

____5.19 Comma after yes or no at beginning of sentence.

____5.20 Commas in series.

____5.21 Comma after the year if sentence continues.

____5.22 Indent each change of speaker.  (5)

____5.23 Comma to separate direct quotation from speaker.

____5.24 Colon (:) after greeting in business letter.

____5.25 Identify direct and indirect quotations.

____5.26 Comma to separate introductory phrase.

____5.27 Hyphen (-) to break word at end of line.

____5.28 Commas to separate city, county, state, and country.  (6)

 ____5.29 Comma to separate extra explanations in sentence.

____5.30 Comma to separate two clauses joined by conjunction.

____5.31 Semicolon (;) to join two clauses without conjunction.  (7)

____5.32 Colon (:) to introduce series of words or phrases. 


Capitalization

____5.33 First letter in own name  (K)

____5.34 First word in a sentence  (1)

____5.35 The word "I"

____5.36 Names of people and pets

____5.37 Days of the week

____5.38 Months of the year

____5.39. Names of streets  (2)

____5.40 Cities, states, and nations

____5.41 Holidays

____5.42 Titles of respect

____5.43 First word in each line of poetry  (3)

____5.44 First word in greeting and close of a letter

____5.45 Initials of names

____5.46 First word and important words in titles of books, etc.

____5.47 Names of particular places and things

____5.48 Words used as names, such as Mother, Dad, etc. (4)

____5.49 Nationalities and words formed from names of places

____5.50 First word of a direct quotation  (5)

____5.51 Use of capital and small letters in outlines  (6)

 
____ 6. Clear & Effective Writing
 
 

____6.01 Dictate simple sentence  (K)

____6.02 Write simple sentence  (1)

____6.03 Personal experience  (2 - 3)

____6.04 Sense impressions

____6.05 Simple biography and autobiography

____6.06 Directions

____6.07 Topic sentence  (3 - 4)

____6.08 Details to support topic sentence  (4)

____6.09 News story

____6.10 Comparisons

____6.11 Contrasts

____6.12 Recipe

____6.13 Summary

____6.14 Two points of view  (5)

____6.15 Feature story

____6.16 Brief report

____6.17 Review

____6.18 Extended biography and autobiography

____6.19 Advertisement  (6)

____6.20 Topic sentence and 3 to 4 supportive sentences

____6.21 Editorial

____6.22 Comparison of book and movie

____6.23 Topic sentence, supportive sentences, and concluding sentence

____6.24 Topic sentence and 4 supportive details  (7)

____6.25 Comparing and contrasting

____6.26 Observations of people, places, and things

____6.27 Evaluative review of a writing

____6.28 Transitional words

____6.29 Composition 

 

____ 7. Creativity
 

 

____7.01 Tell story about own picture.  (K)

____7.02 Tell story and have someone write it.

____7.03 Copy 2 or 3 sentence stories.  (1)

____7.04 Dictate story for leader to write, copy it, and read it aloud.

____7.05 Write description of imaginary event.  (2)

____7.06 Write ending to a story.

____7.07 Short story with setting, character, and developed event.

____7.08 Fantasy or fairy tale?  (3)

____7.09 What an animal might say.

____7.10 Tall tale  (4)

____7.11 Legend

____7.12 Dialogue

____7.13 Development of character, setting, and plot.

____7.14 Apply character traits to an inanimate object.  (5)

____7.15 Science fiction

____7.16 Fable  (6)

____7.17 Myth  (7)

____7.18 Folktale  (8)

 

____ 8. Vocabulary  (Includes dictionary skills.  Use games to evaluate.)

 
____ 9. Personal  (Use games and activities to evaluate.)
 
___ 10. Study & Test Taking
 
 

____10.01 Answers to questions in complete sentences  (2)

____10.02 Sentences by dictation

____10.03 Simple social studies or science report  (3)

____10.04 Notes and oral report from encyclopedia article  (4)

____10.05 Notes and written report from encyclopedia article

____10.06 Answers to essay questions in paragraph form  (5)

____10.07 Notes and summary of oral report

____10.08 Research paper  (6)

 
___ 11. Plays & Drama  (Use games and activities to evaluate.)
 
___ 12. Poetry  (Use games and activities to evaluate.)
 
___ 13. Editing & Quality Control  (Use games and activities to evaluate.)