Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum

Performance Level 4

Level 4 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 4 can:
  • Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing;
  • Use multiple planning and pre-writing strategies to identify and organize a limited number of ideas to support a single purpose (such as writing to inform, to get things done, to express feelings and ideas or to persuade others) and produce a legible and comprehensible draft;
  • Appropriately use both everyday and specialized vocabulary and a limited variety of simple and complex sentence structures in multiple coherent steps or a few well-constructed and linked paragraphs to convey ideas, with several supporting facts/details/examples reflecting judgment regarding appropriate language and level of formality for the intended audience.
  • Use several simple revision strategies to monitor one's own writing, make revisions based on review and feedback from others, and produce rough and final drafts. Demonstrate some attention to clarity, descriptiveness, personal voice and appropriateness of text for the intended audience;
  • Make many edits of grammar (verb tense forms), spelling, sentence structure simple/compound/complex with appropriate capitalization and punctuation), language usage and text structure often with the help of tools such as simplified dictionaries, grammar checklists, and graphic organizers.

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

Adults performing at Level 4 can write coherent steps or a few well-constructed paragraphs easily and with few errors to independently accomplish well defined and structured writing activities for varied purposes (such for personal expression, to inform, to persuade or to complete a task) and audiences in a range of comfortable and familiar settings.

Level 4 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 4 can Convey Ideas in Writing to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Writing a brief letter to the editor, to clarify one's own opinion on a subject.
  • Writing a letter of appreciation or congratulations to a friend or relative.
  • Writing comprehensive directions for a favorite recipe.
  • Writing a response to a newspaper advice column to stimulate thinking about personal issues.
  • Writing a brief story about a personal event for the company.
  • Writing a short incident/accident report at work.
  • Writing an agenda for an upcoming 3-hour meeting.

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