• If needed, develop fine motor skills to write legibly
  • Write upper and lower case letters and numbers 0-100
  • Write basic personal information words (e.g., name, address, telephone number,
  • Spell simple words
  • Copy simple words/phrases related to everyday life
  • Write dates and digital clock times.
  • Write money amounts
  • Write very simple learned sentences
  • Use simple punctuation (e.g., period, comma, question mark)


  • Write basic personal information (name, address, telephone number, employer,
    birth date, ID number etc.)
  • Write familiar simple words and short phrases from dictation
  • Complete short, simplified forms (e.g., check, job application, registration form)
  • Address an envelope
  • Write lists (e.g., shopping) and personal schedules
  • Write some simple phrases and simple sentences related to familiar situations
  • Use some simple basic punctuation (e.g., capitalization, periods, commas,
    question marks)


  • Write familiar simple sentences from dictation
  • Complete basic forms to satisfy survival needs (e.g., job application, school
    registration form, basic medical form, library card etc.)
  • Write simple sentences related to familiar situations
  • Prepare a map or very simple directions to home/apartment
  • Following a model, write a simple paragraph on a single topic
  • Use simple basic punctuation (e.g., capitalization, periods, commas, question
  • Write simple notes and messages (e.g., note to a teacher about a sick child, thankyou for a gift, etc.)
  • Spell words phonetically
  • Use simple graphic organizers


  • Write simple sentences from dictation
  • Write some compound and complex sentences
  • Complete more complex forms
  • Write out simple instructions with some detail
  • Write simple directions with some detail to a familiar location
  • Write short notes (e.g., to school, neighbor, coworker)
  • Compose simple letters (e.g., requests and offers).
  • Write a descriptive paragraph with some detail on a familiar topic that includes a
    beginning, middle and end (e.g., special place, tradition, event, etc.)
  • Apply basic capitalization, spelling and punctuation rules when writing
  • Take notes on familiar material transmitted orally
  • Use pre writing and editing strategies
  • Demonstrate some control of spelling
  • Use some idioms


  • Take detailed messages (e.g., phone message)
  • Take simple notes from authentic discourse
  • Complete authentic forms (e.g., job applications, insurance documents, medical
    history forms, etc.)
  • Draft, organize, write and edit a short paragraph using a topic sentence, supporting details and transitions
  • Write short letters of request /complaint


  • Write complex sentences in paragraphs
  • Demonstrate the correct use of capitalization, punctuation and spelling (e.g., using reference materials to edit and revise)
  • Use pre-writing skills to organize and develop a paragraph
  • Write a detailed paragraph with topic sentence, supporting details, and conclusion
  • Describe a detailed procedure in writing
  • Summarize articles on familiar topics
  • Identify parts of a composition — outlining content/sequence of paragraphs
  • Following a model, prepare a simple resume
  • Edit and revise drafts