Standards: Language Arts
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Use relative pronouns ( who, whose, whom, which, that ) and relative adverbs ( where, when, why ).
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking ) verb tenses.
Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must ) to convey various conditions.
Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag ).
Form and use prepositional phrases.
Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their ).*
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Use correct capitalization.
Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.*