Skills Kids Need Going Into Third Grade Writing Skills

“More” is the word khổng lồ describe your child’s writing this year: more research, more detail, và more facility with language.


This year, your child’s stories will amaze you, showing character development and dialogue. Your child’s opinion pieces and informational writing will be more organized. With this new writing prowess, your child will be using more sophisticated language and better grammar.

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Building 3rd grade study skills

Third graders are expected khổng lồ use books, websites, và other digital sources to do research projects and to build knowledge about different topics — both on their own and as part of group work with their peers. But there’s a new skill to learn this year: taking notes. Third graders need khổng lồ start writing down what they learn from each source they use, keeping track of the source name & page so they are able to find it again, & then practice sorting any evidence they find into relevant categories.

3rd grade opinion pieces

Of course your child has an opinion — and here’s how they learn to cốt truyện it in writing! Opinion pieces will likely start with your child reading a couple of books & responding to lớn what they’ve learned. Your child should start their opinion piece by clearly introducing the topic, stating their opinion, and then giving multiple reasons to tư vấn their opinion. Kids should practice using linking words (e.g. because, therefore, since, for example) lớn connect their reasons to their opinion, & then over their writing with a conclusion.

3rd grade informative writing

The purpose of informative writing is to lớn convey facts & ideas clearly. After introducing their topic, kids should group related information into a few clear, well thought-out points. They should develop these points using facts, definitions, & details và using linking words (e.g. also, another, and, more, but) to connect their ideas within each point. Your child can also include illustrations when they may help make or clarify a point. Finally, kids should end their work with a concluding sentence or two.

Can your 3rd grader write an informational essay?

3rd grade narrative writing

Narrative is just a fancy word for story — and this year your child’s stories will be much more complex. Using a narrator, characters, dialogue, và descriptive details, your third grader’s writing should show a story unfolding — including how the characters feel & respond to lớn what happens. The sequence of events should be clear. Be sure not to lớn let your child’s story simply stop by writing “The End”. Instead, the story should read like it’s coming to a close.

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bttr, better, best!

Expect to lớn see your child spending more time writing this year, whether it’s in the planning, writing, revising, or editing phase. While planning, your child may read or reread books on the topic, discuss their ideas aloud, brainstorm ideas, gather and organize information visually, jot down notes about the points they’ll make, & start to think about the structure of the piece. Once a first draft is in, the teacher or other students will go over it with your child. They’ll ask questions & suggest details or facts that could be added, clarified, or improved. Vì the word choices convey what your child really meant? Is there an introduction & a conclusion? Are the story’s events in order? Using all these questions và suggestions as guidance, your child will bởi vì a revision, adding to, reordering, and improving the content. After one or more revisions, the teacher might help your child with the final edit — focusing on spelling & grammar, capitalizing proper nouns, ensuring nouns và verbs are in agreement, & checking that periods, commas, and quotation marks are used correctly. Following these steps — planning, writing a first draft, revising their work, và editing the final piece — teaches third graders that gathering information, organizing their thoughts, strengthening & clarifying their ideas, and improving grammar and presentation are all key to chất lượng writing.

See what 3rd grade writing looks like

A red-letter year for grammar!

This year your child will learn the functions of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, và adverbs — và what role they play in a sentence. By year’s end, your child should be using regular & irregular verbs in simple past, present, and future tense (e.g. stopped/stop/will stop & knew/know/will know) — all while ensuring subject-verb agreement (e.g. I know/he knows). Your child should also use comparative adjectives and adverbs (e.g. big/bigger/biggestquickly/quicker/quickest) and choose between them based on whether they’re modifying nouns (adjectives) or verbs (adverbs). In writing compound và complex sentences, your child will use conjunctions that show connection (e.g. and, or, but) and dependence (e.g. if, when, because).

Check out these related worksheets: • Big, bigger, biggest • Verb machine! • 3rd grade spelling danh sách #15: irregular plural nouns


Third graders should use increasingly precise words. This means understanding root words (e.g. Knowing that add is the root of addition and additional), choosing the right word from synonyms (e.g. knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered), và using words to lớn signal timing (e.g. after, then, later). With all this focus on word nuance, your child may need a thesaurus handy.

Related: Print this list of 3rd grade academic vocabulary words.

Check out these related worksheets: • 3rd grade weekly spelling lists • Prefix practice • Writing practice: alternatives to “said”

And it’s live!

When the research is done — và the planning, writing, revisions, và edits are complete — the final step for some of your third grader’s writing is to publish the work. Your third grader should have some keyboarding skills by the end of the year. It’s a new màn chơi of independence và tech savvy. & while adults should be there khổng lồ help out, your child should become comfortable taking the lead.

What about cursive?

Penmanship matters. Traditionally, third grade is when students learn cursive, so it’s a great idea khổng lồ ask the teacher whether or not they’ll be learning cursive in class. If not, you may want lớn work on this skill with your child at home.