I wrote a post on conjunctions and transition words that students can use to add details to their writing and level up. Now I’m going to show you how I scaffold the writing practice so that students can clearly see what their writing looks like at various proficiency levels from Novice Low to Intermediate Low/Mid.
The ACTFL Performance Descriptors for Presentational Writing are specific regarding the language students produce at each proficiency level.
There are a lot of details in the grid, but all we need to be concerned with right now is the text type that students produce.
This is the exercise that my students do so that they clearly see how they are working toward leveling up their writing.
Novice Low/mid/high, Intermediate Low
Students will soon understand the expectations at each proficiency level. When you indicate to them what the writing expectation is they will know what the text type should be. Gone are the days of asking if they need to write in complete sentences. Once they ask for clarification of the proficiency level that they should aim for, you’ll know they have arrived.