Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum

Performance Level 1

Level 1 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Adults performing at Level 1 can:
  • Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing;
  • Follow a highly structured, externally developed plan (or text model) to organize information about self and/or related to immediate needs in very simple structures such as lists or responses to prompts for everyday information;
  • Write all letters of the alphabet and numbers and appropriately use simple, everyday, highly familiar words (personal names, signatures, addresses), numbers (dates, phone #s, addresses, prices, etc) and simple phrases to convey information with minimal attention to audience;
  • Make a few simple content changes based on review and feedback from others and make a few simple edits of handwriting, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

Show Fluency, Independence, and Ability to Perform in a Range of Settings

Adults performing at Level 1 can write individual words, simple phrases and a few very simple sentences slowly and with some effort and some errors. They can independently accomplish simple, well defined, and highly structured writing activities in a few comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 1 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 1 can Convey Ideas in Writing to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Writing a simple grocery list to guide decisions about what to buy.
  • Writing personal names and addresses in order to make an invitation list.
  • Writing product names and quantities to fill a purchase order.
  • Writing responses to personal information prompts in order to accurately fill out simplified applications, registration forms, work orders, etc.
  • Writing a very brief and simple lost/found or "for sale" notice.

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