For Kindergarten and 1st Grade teachers, understanding students' underlying phonological, orthographic, and graphomotor skills is an important tool for teaching our students to write. Without basic foundational skills, students will continue to struggle in writing as the content, genre, and level of writing continue to expand.
Looking at student writing samples can help us to monitor and document skills students have mastered as well as areas to focus on for mini-lessons and conferences.
This form is best used for Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers, but can be used by any teacher working with beginning writers.
The form allows for up to 20 students per page and areas for quick notes under each skill heading.
*For 1st grade teachers, I would use this for the beginning of school. Look for the 1st Grade Mid-Year Inventory coming soon!
Skills of focus include:
- Automatized letter formation - does the student form letters automatically and accurately?
- Representation of sounds in words- Does the student represent the sounds in words through correct and/or phonetic spelling? Does the student have grade-appropriate phonemic awareness?
- Word Spacing and Page Alignment - Does the student have control over the spaces between words and where writing happens on lines and the page?
- Capital letters at the beginning of sentences - Does the student know that all sentences begin with a capital letter? (Soon, I will post another version for later 1st graders that includes other appropriate capitalization).
- Spelling of high-frequency words- Does the student spell grade-level high frequency words correctly?
**I will also be posting a 1st grade Mid-Year Inventory that will include Correct Capitalization Usage (not just at the beginning of sentences) as well as Correct Punctuation Usage.