Language Anchor Standard 2 Level A/B

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Leveled Standard A
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  1. Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.
  2. Capitalize dates and names of people.
  3. Recognize and name end punctuation.
  4. Use end punctuation for sentences.
  5. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series.
  6. Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short- vowel sounds (phonemes).
  7. Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
  8. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
  9. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions. (L.K.2 and 1.2 merge)

Leveled Standard B
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  1. Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
  2. Capitalize appropriate words in titles.
  3. Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
  4. Use commas in addresses.
  5. Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue..
  6. Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
  7. Form and use possessives.
  8. Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
  9. Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).
  10. Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllabus patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
  11. Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings. (L.2.2 and 3.2 merge)

GED® Assessment Targets (RLA)
L.1.1 Edit to correct errors involving frequently confused words and homonyms, including contractions (passed, past; two, too, to; there, their, they’re; knew, new; it’s its).
L.2.1 Edit to ensure correct use of capitalization (e.g., proper nouns, titles, and beginnings of sentences).
L.2.3 Edit to ensure correct use of apostrophe with possessive nouns.
L.2.4 Edit to ensure correct use of punctuation (e.g., commas in a series or in appositives and other non-essential elements, end marks, and appropriate punctuation for clause separation).
W.3 Write clearly and demonstrate sufficient command of standard English conventions.

ELA Activities for Level A / B
Finding the Main Idea, Getting to Work on Time
Students at A level will be introduced to finding a main idea through pictures, and students with reading levels as low as first-grade equivalent will read a passage, retell it, and determine the main idea. Extension activities include practicing time management skills, including filling out a timesheet Read More Finding the Main Idea, Getting to Work on Time
Workplace Safety Presentations
Students read and listen to texts related to workplace safety. Then, students create their own multimedia presentations synthesizing the workplace safety lessons learned. Read More Workplace Safety Presentations
Categorizing Activity
Teacher models identifying key words in a nonfiction reading and sorting them into categories; students read another short passage and apply their categorization skills. Read More Categorizing Activity
Guest Speaker
Invite an informative guest speaker to class (or ask a student to speak to classmates about an area of expertise). Before the visit, have students plan the questions they will ask; during the visit, encourage students to ask follow-up questions. Read More Guest Speaker
In Memory of Dr. King
Students learn about and practice making inferences; they read and/or listen to a passage about the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Read More In Memory of Dr. King
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