Literacy Signposts

Writing Criteria

This set of writing criteria, set out in writing genres and Curriculum for Excellence levels, is intended to support staff as they assess writing. They are not intended to replace planning, but rather to prompt staff about the areas of writing and progression that might be appropriate to assess.

Each genre criteria can be printed as an A3 sheet. Schools may adapt these sheets for their own needs.

Please continue to send any comments, etc., about these writing criteria sheets to Mary Howie.

  • Functional Writing – Instructions > Word  PDF
  • Functional Writing – Letter > Word  PDF
  • Functional – Poster/Leaflet > Word  PDF
  • Functional – Report > Word  PDF
  • Functional – News Article > Word  PDF
  • Imaginative – Story > Word  PDF
  • Imagined Personal Response > Word  PDF
  • Personal Account/Report/Letter > Word  PDF
  • Poetry > Word PDF



The signposts below are intended to act as a guide for staff to aid planning. They are not intended to be an exhausitve planning tool for language but to inform the direction of travel through CfE. Any comments should be emailed to Mary Howie.

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