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Generalized K-6 Writing Goals

Goal 1: Write an opinion about a topic, book, or text.

Goal 2: Write an informative/explanatory text, name a topic, and supply facts.

Goal 3: Write a narrative recounting sequential events.

Goal 4: (For grades 3 & up only) Produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Goal 5: With suggestions from teachers and/or peers, edit to strengthen writing.

Goal 6: Collaborate with peers, as guided by a teacher, to use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.

Goal 7: Participate in shared research and writing projects.

Goal 8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and/or digital sources to answer a question (k-2) or sort into categories (3-6).

Goal 9: (For grades 4 & up only)     Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Goal 10: Write routinely for a range of purposes and audiences.

The order on the pacing guides seems to be 1st=Narrative, 2nd= Opinion,3rd=Informative/Explanatory  


Tips for Teaching Writing to ELLs   (Ideas adapted from

  1. For Level 1 or Level 2 students, allow students to trace, copy, orfill in the blanks in order to learn writing skills. Great site for tracing/writing worksheets, pre-made & custom.
  2. Use a variety of strategies to help students get started and organize their ideas.
  • Graphic organizers
  • Brainstorming
  • Sentence starters
  • Writing templates
  • Sentence frames
  • A journal for ideas/vocabulary journal
  1. Practice sequencing.
  • Allow students to write ideas or sentences on strips of paper then put them in order before writing.
  1. Encourage students to read aloud what they have written as they are writing, when they finish, and as they edit.
  • Listen for where sentences should begin and end in order to avoid a paragraph or page that is one long sentence with no punctuation.
  • Listen for where sentences begin and end in order to apply proper punctuation and capitalization.
  • Listen for grammatical errors, such as improper sentence structure and/or word order.
  1. Evaluate content and conventions separately.