Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Topic: Language Standards Progession

10-seconds review: Language standards summarized, grades 3 through 10.

Grades 3 -5
.Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.
.Choose words for effect.

Grades 4 – 8
.Form and use adjectives and adverbs (including comparative and superlative forms),  placing them appropriately within sentences.
.Produce complete sentences, avoiding fragments and run-ons.
.Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., effect/affect, to/too/two).
.Use punctuation for effect.
.Maintain consistency in style and tone.
.Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.

Grades 5 – 7
.Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.
.Use punctuation to separate items in series.
.Expand, combine and reduced sentences for meaning, interest and style.

Grades 6 – 8
.Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.
.Recognize and correct vague pronouns (with ambiguous antecedents).
.Use commas, parentheses or dashes to set off nonrestrictive, parenthetical elements.
.Vary sentence patterns for meaning, interest and style.

Grades 7 – 10
.Place phrases and clauses within a sentence, avoiding misplaced and dangling modifiers.
.Choose words and phrases that express ideas concisely, eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

Grades 8 – 10
.Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

Grades 9 -10
.Use parallel structure in writing.

Source:  “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010. You will find the standards at

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