Work Sample : Lou

Activity : Explanation

    Explanation - Lou : Grade Commentary

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Lou has demonstrated a sound understanding of the structure and features of an explanation. Knowledge of the topic is evident in the clear explanation of cause and effect. The text has been adequately sequenced with appropriate grouping of information in paragraphs but lacks an identifying statement. The explanation would benefit from more concise factual language and additional detail in some areas. Simple sentences have mostly been used but there are some compound sentences, and adverbial phrases have been used. Effective spelling strategies have been applied. To improve, Lou could use more compound and complex sentences, and vary the connectives showing cause and effect. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade C standard midway through Stage 3.

Grade C

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Writing
    Students write well-structured and well-presented literary and factual texts for a wide range of purposes and audiences, dealing with complex topics, ideas, issues and language features. They write well-structured sentences, effectively using a variety of grammatical features. Students spell most common words accurately, and use a variety of strategies to spell less common words. They use a fluent and legible style to write and employ computer technology to present written texts effectively in a variety of ways for different purposes and audiences. Students evaluate the effectiveness of their writing by focusing on grammatical features and the conventions of writing.
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