Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum

Performance Level 3

Level 3 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 3 can:
  • Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing;
  • Use simple planning strategies to identify and organize a limited number of ideas to support a single purpose (to convey personal experience, meet a specific need, or respond to recent learning), and produce a legible and comprehensible draft;
  • Appropriately use mostly familiar vocabulary (based on personal experience and learning) and basic text structure of simple steps/instructions/commands or a few short, well-linked paragraphs to convey ideas with several supporting details/examples reflecting some attention to audience;
  • Use simple revision strategies to monitor effectiveness by re-reading and revising during the writing process and making revisions to a first and final draft based on review and feedback from others. Demonstrate beginning attention to clarity, descriptiveness, personal voice, and appropriateness of text for the intended audience;
  • Make several simple edits of grammar (such as simple tense agreement), spelling, and punctuation (such as periods, capital letters, and some commas), sentence structure (such as compound and some complex sentences), language usage, and text structure using tools such as spelling word lists and simple editing checklists.

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

Adults performing at Level 3 can write simple narrative, informative, or expressive texts of a few short paragraphs and steps/instructions/commands with some effort but with few errors. They can independently accomplish well-defined and structured writing activities for varied audiences (self, family, workplace, teacher) in a range of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 3 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 3 can Convey Ideas in Writing to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Writing a brief conversational letter to a friend.
  • Writing an easy-to-read information booklet for young children.
  • Writing simple step-by-step instructions for everyday activities.
  • Write a simple poem for a grandchild.
  • Writing simple directions to a house for a party.
  • Writing about a personal work experience to prepare for resume development.
  • Writing an entry in the "Problem Book" at work to alert your supervisor to a safety issue.

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