Convey Ideas in Writing Performance Continuum

Performance Level 5

Level 5 Indicators

Use Key Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies

Adults performing at Level 5 can:
  • Determine the purpose and audience for communicating in writing;
  • Select from and use a good store of tools and strategies for overall planning and organization; outline, restate, summarize and categorize ideas and produce a legible and comprehensible draft;
  • Appropriately use both everyday and specialized vocabulary including abstract nouns and idioms, and a variety of sentence structures, in medium-length, coherently-linked, and detailed text with appropriate tone, language, and level of formality and in modes of organization suitable for a variety of audiences;
  • Use a variety of strategies to analyze and make simple revisions (such as for clarity, organization, and descriptiveness) and to solve a few more global problems posed by the writing text (such as changes in voice or tone to take into account the needs of the audience or re-sequencing of larger pieces of text based on feedback from others);
  • Undertake multiple re-readings of text in order to edit for grammar, spelling, sentence structure, language usage, and text structure and use appropriate tools such as dictionaries and grammar guides.

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

Adults performing at Level 5 can write a variety of texts that include more complex sentence structures and multiple paragraphs easily and with few errors for a wide variety of purposes (such as different kinds of expressive, persuasive and informative purposes). They can independently accomplish structured and fairly complex writing in a variety of familiar and some novel settings.

Level 5 Examples of Proficient Performance

Adults performing at Level 5 can Convey Ideas in Writing to accomplish a variety of goals, such as:
  • Writing a resume and accompanying cover letter in preparation for seeking employment.
  • Writing a letter of appreciation to a guest speaker.
  • Writing a summary of information about the pros and cons of joining a labor unions to help someone make a decision about joining.
  • Writing a detailed narrative accident/incident report for work.
  • Writing a memo to employees about a guest speaker presentation on safety in the workplace.
  • Writing a proposal/plan for a community group trip.
  • Writing a short story for a child depicting what life was like when you were growing up.

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