WAF5 Levels

WAF5 – vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect

3 – In most writing

  • reliance mainly on simply structured sentences, variation with support, e.g. some complex sentences
  • and, but, so are the most common connectives, subordination occasionally
  • some limited variation in use of tense and verb form, not always secure

4 – Across a range of writing

  • some variety in length, structure or subject of sentences
  • use of some subordinating connectives, e.g. if, when, because throughout the text
  • some variation, generally accurate, in tense and verb forms

5 – Across a range of writing

  • a variety of sentence lengths, structures and subjects provides clarity and emphasis
  • wider range of connectives used to clarify relationship between ideas, e.g. although, on the other hand, meanwhile
  • some features of sentence structure used to build up detail or convey shades of meaning, e.g. variation in word order, expansions in verb phrases

6 – Across a range of writing

  • controlled use of a variety of simple and complex sentences to achieve purpose and contribute to overall effect
  • confident use of a range of sentence features to clarify or emphasise meaning, e.g. fronted adverbials (‘Reluctantly, he…, Five days later, it…’), complex noun or prepositional phrases

7 – Across a range of writing

  • variety of sentence types deployed judiciously across the text to achieve purpose and overall effect, with rare loss of control
  • a range of features employed to shape/craft sentences that have individual merit and contribute to overall development of the text, e.g. embedded phrases and clauses that support succinct explanation; secure control of complex verb forms; antithesis, repetition or balance in sentence structure

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