Standards: Language Arts
Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts ) in writing words.
Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Choose words and phrases for effect.*
Recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat ).
Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion ).
Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps ).
Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful ).
Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered ).
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them ).