Sometimes it is hard as a parent to know exactly what your child should be able to do at each grade level. So I put together this document as a guide for you and your student. They will be using it in class as well as at home. Hope you find it useful.
Grade 5, Editing Expectations for your Student
*Reread! (5-6 times)
Circle most misspelled words.
Correct the spelling of most of these.
*Look it up in your Quick Word Book
*Ask a friend or an available adult (if not an assessment piece)
*Use our Scholastic Children’s Dictionary to look up the word
*Use your ipod to check spelling
Spell out numbers (one, twenty, thirty-five).
End every sentence with correct punctuation (., !. ?).
Use quotation marks when someone is talking.
Use commas when you list more than two things (cat, dog, and iguana).
Start each sentence with a capital letter.
I is always capitalized.
Specific names and places are capitalized (Eccles Elementary School).
No capitals in the middle of sentences for the words that are not proper nouns (names and places).
Important words in a title are capitalized.
Use a capital letter to begin dialogue.
Make sure sentences make sense (sound right and go together).
Cross out words that don’t belong or are boring and add better words. (word choice)
Indent each paragraph (and can skip a line to show new paragraph).
Use proper format for things like a friendly letter.
Make sure reader(s) can read it.
Use your best handwriting.
Make sure there are spaces between your words.
All letters are formed correctly and are the right height.
Suggestions to Parents to produce Great Writers
*Read interesting stories (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry aloud to your child, regardless of your child’s age. They are never too old to enjoy being read to. Reading exposes children to vocabulary and language they may not yet be able to read independently. Children need to “hear” literary language before they can use it in their own writing.
*Have lots of paper, cards, stationary, markers, pens, and pencils around and perhaps a blank book that could be used as a journal. Encourage writing for real reasons; thank you notes, invitations, lists, letters, requests, and special occasions.
*Write notes to your child. Tuck a complimentary note inside their lunch box (you should see their faces when they find one) Notes in birthday cards and special occasions are always a hit.
*Encourage your child to read widely (lots of variety). Join the public library. Give books as gifts for special occasions. Help your child establish a personal home library. Be a reading model yourself. The best writers are almost always the best readers.
*Help your child’s imagination blossom. Tell stories to and with each other. For many children, it is easier to write once they have spoken the words aloud to someone.
*Use reading and writing for pleasure, never punishment.