STAGES OF WRITING DEVELOPMENT The Creative Center for Childhood Research and Training, Inc. www.cccrt.org STAGE 1 Random Scribbling STAGE 2 Controlled Scribbling STAGE 3 Repetition of Specific Lines and Shapes STAGE 4 Practicing Letters (name letters) STAGE 5 Written Name STAGE 6 Copy Words in the Environment STAGE 7 Invented Spelling • Initial consonant (M represents Monster) • Initial and final consonant (MR represents Monster) • Middle consonant (MSR represents Monster) • Initial, middle, final consonant and vowel place holder (MESTR) STAGE 8 Conventional spelling (MONSTER) Random Scribbling Score of 1 Beginning scribbling; random scribbling; marks often connected as though the “crayon” did not leave the paper. Controlled Scribbling Score of 2 Controlled scribbling; certain marks (such as vertical marks or dots) repeated; ovals common; marks are unconnected. Repetition of Specific Lines and Shapes Score of 3 Practicing Letters Score of 4 Children are usually most interested in the letters in their names. Written Name Score of 5 Copy Words in the Environment Score of 6 These words were on a chart posted on the wall. They had been discussing the letter “S.” Invented Spelling Score of 7 This kindergarten child has used initial consonants (I for love) and initial, middle, and final consonants to represent a word (DNS) dinosaurs. Conventional Spelling Score of 8 Independent attempts to isolate letters and code them correctly into whole words.