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Parent’s Point of View #122: Writing Skills Under the Common Core Standards for Third Graders – What should a parent know?

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Third grade is a great learning level for your child! It is a place of beautiful discoveries and soul-shaping challenges.  It is also a time when your child is most adventurous as they learn to love and embrace new experiences.   It is incredible how optimistic most third graders are, making learning fun and more accommodating.  These traits make the writing experiences of third-graders great. Their expressive, curious, and creative characters help them to formulate great ideas when writing. With the help of teachers and parents, a third-grader can write a simple essay with a thesis statement, supporting details, and a simple conclusion.

Results happen over time, not overnight.  Writing common core standards required daily practice.
Results happen over time, not overnight. Writing common core standards required daily practice.

Did you know?

  • That third graders are very interactive and equally curious
  • They have high thinking levels. Hence they can make  great writers
  • They remember things more than 2nd graders, making it easy for them to write stuff about the past
  • Third graders are pretty interested in differentiating right from wrong, making it easy to rectify them when practicing writing.
  • They are overly sensitive and can quickly feel inadequate.

Note: -Always use positive feedback, discipline, and encouragement to guide your third grader.

Parents should understand 3rd grader’s writing standards to help them meet their grade-level expectations effectively. This article analyzes some of the frequently asked questions concerning third-grade common core standards in writing.

What is 3rd-grade writing?

Writing at the third-grade level is a significant part of the school curriculum. It is a time when students gain more writing independence than in the former grades. Third-graders spend more time writing than ever before. Some of the significant activities of their writing are to organize a paper with an introduction, middle, and conclusion. Students further learn to use literary devices and descriptive detail such as figurative language, point of view, or dialogue. They further expand their knowledge of assembling, mechanics and grammar.

What does a third-grader do as a writer?

A third-grader should write with a purpose. For example, 3rd Graders can write about their favorite person or why they love their teacher. They should also successfully maintain focus on the topic and story. A third-grader should further write grammatically correct sentences with only a few spelling mistakes. Finally, they should successfully formulate simple paragraphs and use details to express a point.

What are the third-grader writing proficiency benchmarks as per the States Common Core Standards?

The third-grader writing process begins with prewriting. This writing process involves creating a list of thoughts based on the main idea and audience. The second step is creating a draft. Students can create several drafts as they try to organize their thoughts logically. The third step is revising to improve their voice, organization, and coherence. After the revision, students edit their work to correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization, among other features. Lastly, the result is published.

Third graders write for a different purpose. They write narratives to provide a reason behind an action and why the incident is memorable. They write descriptive text to give details about people, things, experiences, and places. They also write expository content when summarizing text, writing rules, procedures, lists, and labels. Persuasive text such as advertisements is written to influence the reader’s decision. Creative text at the third-grade level may include rhyme, characterization, dialogue, and appropriate format to pass a message to the reader. Finally, third graders write letters to establish context and show interest in the audience.

Third graders learn how to respond to other student’s writing and review their work to determine if it meets its goal. They further identify some of the crucial parts of writing by following their teacher’s guidelines. According to the common core standards, third graders should effectively collect and store their writing work to track their progress.

Third graders should write complex sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization. Their sentences should be longer and well organized into larger text units. They should effectively use past, present, and future tenses. Fourth graders should also properly use spacing between words and between sentences.

What skills should third graders have in research and inquiry?

Third graders should know how to gather information systematically during research and inquiry. They should also learn how to navigate through varying research materials and record references as a way of recognizing intellectual property rights.


As a parent, you have a role to play in improving your third grader’s writing abilities. You can help them understand the concept of sentences for better comprehension and encourage them to practice reading aloud to improve their awareness and fluency. You can also teach them simple grammar, like learning how to put a full stop at the end of a sentence and a capital letter at the begging of the sentence. You could also teach your child to add more details to their writing to make it more interesting.

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Don't lets 3rd grade writing common standards be a puzzle for your child.
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