One key 3rd grade writing skill

Do you know what to look for in your third grader's writing? This teacher describes exactly what you should see — and in what order.
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Meghann Seril teaches at Broadway Elementary School.

Here, Ms. Seril describes what elements and structure to look for in your third grader’s writing.

Video transcript

“By the end of third grade and before moving on to fourth grade, we really hope that our students have a good understanding of structure and organization in writing. Your writing should include a beginning, a middle, and an end. In the beginning, the author would introduce the main idea. In the middle, they would support that main idea with details and facts. And close it out at the end with their ‘ah ha’ or their insight on this topic. Third graders really need a good understanding of writing structure because in fourth grade and on, they are layering strategies that really bring their writing to life and help students to develop their voice and style in writing. And without having that foundation, it’s really hard to layer on those strategies.”

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