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The ISA annotated writing samples illustrate different levels of the ISA narrative and expository writing scales. The two ISA writing tasks are each assessed on three separate criteria. The level that is assigned to a piece of writing reflects the combined scores for the three criteria therefore a piece of writing may not meet all the criteria in the level description. For example, a piece of narrative writing may have a high score for content and a lower score for language and spelling, so the content of the piece may match the level description and the spelling and language may fall slightly below the level description. There are samples for most, but not all, levels of the two writing scales.
Download samples Levels 3-9
Content criterion is about the quality and range of ideas presented, the development of plot, characters and setting, and the writer’s sense of audience and purpose. It also encompasses the overall shaping of the piece.
Language criterion deals with sentence and paragraph structure, vocabulary and punctuation, and the writer’s voice.
Spelling criterion takes into account students’ knowledge of phonetic and visual spelling patterns and the range of words attempted, as well as correctness of spelling.
Download samples Levels 4-8
Content criterion looks at the depth and range of ideas presented, and at the quality of reasoning demonstrated in the ability to provide evidence and logical argumentation in support of a position.
ESOL Language criterion is applied to all students’ writing regardless of their language background, but focuses on the grammatical correctness and command of English syntax, as well as sentence fluency and variation, and vocabulary.
Structure and Organisation criterion deals with the overall structure of the writing, for example the presence of a clear introduction, development and conclusion; and its internal coherence, such as linking between and within paragraphs.
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