Please mark your child's work using the marking scheme below:
9-10 marks: Paragraphs flow fluently and link well. Connective words are integrated smoothly into the text. Where appropriate, the student can use different length paragraphs and bullet points, speech etc very well.
7-8 marks: Ideas are always conveyed in full sentences and usually in fluent paragraphs. Connective words are used and mostly flow with the sentence and paragraph they are in. The student is beginning to use different length paragraphs and bullet points, speech etc when appropriate.
5-6 marks: Trying to write in paragraphs, with some use of connective words. There is a logical order to the organisation of sentences. Students use a new paragraph for speech.
3-4 marks: Not much use of connective words, resulting in a confused collection of sentences. No real evidence of paragraphs or conscious variety in length.
1-2 marks: Very little written and/or very difficult to read. Even when read aloud, the work does not seem to make much sense. Student is struggling to use full sentences.
As well as giving students a mark out of 10, it is helpful to give them targets from the mark scheme as to how to improve.
Connectives include words such as: 'firstly', 'therefore', 'additionally', 'moreover', 'furthermore', 'hence' etc. A quick online search will reveal many more. These should be integrated into the writing, sounding as if they naturally fit when read aloud.