With their breakdown buddy, students at first need to both read ONE piece of writing; this is important.
I love telling them that even some adults and experienced writers can't always use all of the Level 5 words or punctuation Ask who was the last person to see him.
It's important for the kids to know that their level is for their ability and not to worry or judge themselves against anyone else, it's about how they move and develop in their own writing. Never has there been a more important time to set clear targets for individual pupils and the Criterion Scale will prove to be invaluable.
This is also a great oppurtunity for pupils to use and apply previously taught grammar to gain increasing accuracy and understanding. For the purposes of the lesson, pretend that this space is where "Paul" normally sits.
P which is: Vocabulary — The range of vocabulary the child has and can use, including ambitious vocabulary Wow Words!