ELA-03 Targeted Standards
(W) Strand: Writing
Cluster: Text Types and Purposes.

ELA-03.W.02 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a.  Introduce a topic and group related informaton together, include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

b.  Develop a topic with facts, definitions, and details.

c.  Use linking words and phrases (e.g. also, another, and more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

d.  Provide a concluding statement or section.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify introductions
  • I can identify topics to write about
  • I can identify conclusions
  • I can identify linking words
  • I can identify illustrations that would help readers understand my topic
  • I can identify a paragraph

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can select a topic and identify information (facts, definitions, details) to share
  • I can organize my topic by grouping related information.
  • I can use illustrations to help readers understand my topic.
  • I can connect my information using linking words and phrases.

Product Targets

  • I can I can present my information in writing and provide a concluding statement or section

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity

Student is able to:  

  • Use a strong introduction of a topic that hooks the reader explaining why the subject matters, telling a surprising fact.
  • Les the reader know that he/she will learn different things about the topic 
  • Groups related information together using paragraphs or sections.
  • Develops topics with explanations of: facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations
  • Links ideas using a variety of words and phrases consistently and fluently
The student may write about the same topics, but the writing style is advanced according to the indicators for a Level 4.
  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.

“The Standard.” Student is able to:

  • Introduce a topic in a way that gets readers ready to learn about the subject
  • Groups related information together into parts (each part or paragraph is mostly about one thing that connects to the big topic)
  • Develop topics and includes explanations of:  facts, definitions and details
  • Uses a variety of linking words and phrases to connect ideas
  • Provides a concluding statement or section that draws conclusions or asks a question
The student researches and writes an informational writing piece on volcanoes.
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

The student:

  • Has an incomplete introduction of a topic
  • Includes some facts, definitions and details, but with no explanation
  • Groups some related information together into parts (paragraphs may not include related information)
  • Uses some linking words and phrases to connect ideas
  • Provides a concluding statement or section that draws conclusions or asks a question
See Level  for example of task.
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content,student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.

The student:

  • Does not introduce the topic
  • Only includes facts about the topic, but no further explanation
  • Does not group related information together 
  • Uses no linking words and phrases to connect ideas
  • Provides no concluding statement or section that draws conclusions or asks a question


See Level 3 for example of task.
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill is demonstrated.





  • Informative
  • Ideas
  • Topic
  • Supporting Details
  • Definitions
  • Introduction
  • Conclusion
  • Structure
  • Facts
  • Connect


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