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Adapted from: The Blackburn-Cramp Writing Scale. In: Maraschiello, R. (1994).  Alternative assessment strategy development in language arts, K-12. Philadelphia, PA, Board of Education, The School District of Philadelphia.
Examples of Behaviors How and when did the child demonstrate this?
Uncontrolled scribbling or banging on computer keyboard.  
Child attempts to write scribbles, draw pictures, or type with one finger on the keyboard.  
Child draws a picture-like form, but cannot communicate about what the picture represents.  
Child draws a picture and can communicate about what the picture represents.  
Child draws a picture in response to a request to draw and can communicate about it.  
Child pretends to write or demonstrates an understanding of the difference between drawing and writing (e.g., after drawing, child makes marks that are qualitatively different when asked to “sign your name.”).  
Child writes letter-like shapes.  
Child writes letters and letter-like shapes randomly on the page.  
Child writes letters and letter-like shapes from left-to-right across the page.  
Bobby WorldWide Approved 508
04/05/04

Alexander Graham Bell Association | UNC-CH Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

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