WIDA Writing Rubric – Linguistic Complexity

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6 Reaching
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A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in a single tightly organized paragraph or in well-organized extended text; tight cohesion and organization.
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5 Bridging
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A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity in a single organized paragraph or in extended text; cohesion and organization.
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4 Expanding
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A variety of sentence lengths of varying linguistic complexity; emerging cohesion used to provide detail and clarity.
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3 Developing
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Simple and expanded sentences that show emerging complexity used to provide detail.
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2 Beginning
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Phrases and short sentences; varying amount of text may be copied or adapted; some attempt at organization may be evidenced.
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1 Entering
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Single words, set phrases or chunks of simple language; varying amounts of text may be copied or adapted; adapted text contains original language.

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