Language Anchor Standard 2 Level C/D

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

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

  1. Use correct capitalization.
  2. Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
  3. Use punctuation to separate items in a series.
  4. Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
  5. Use a comma to set off the words yes and no (e.g., Yes, thank you), to set off a tag question from the rest of the sentence (e.g., It’s true, isn’t it?), and to indicate direct address (e.g., Is that you, Steve?).
  6. Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
  7. Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
  8. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed. (L.4.2 and 5.2 merge)

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

  1. Use punctuation (commas, parentheses, ellipsis, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.
  2. Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives (e.g., It was a fascinating, enjoyable movie but not He wore an old [,] green shirt).
  3. Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.
  4. Spell correctly. (L.6.2 through 8.2 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.2.4 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 C / D
Figurative Language: Tractors Take Over
Students analyze the figurative language in a short passage from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Read More Figurative Language: Tractors Take Over
Using Multimedia Strategically
Students discuss good and bad presentations and read tips for avoiding multimedia mistakes. Then, they revise one of their own presentations by adding or changing a multimedia element. Read More Using Multimedia Strategically
Summarizing Pro/Con Videos
Have students work in groups to find a persuasive speech online, use a graphic organizer to analyze the speaker’s claims, and write a summary in five sentences or less. Read More Summarizing Pro/Con Videos
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
Classroom Debate
Students select a debate topic, organize pro/con teams, conduct research, plan arguments, and carry out a classroom debate. Read More Classroom Debate
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