ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English.

ELA-01.L.02 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

a.  Capitalize dates and names of people.

b.  Use end punctuation for sentences.

c.  Use commas in dates and to seperate single words in a series.

d.  Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occuring irregular words.

e.  Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phoemic awareness and spelling conventions.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify end punctuation marks like a period, exclamation point and question mark
  • I can identify words at the beginning of a sentence 

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can use the correct punctuation in my writing
  • I can use common spelling patterns when writing words
  • I can spell new words by sounding out letters and using known spelling rules

Product Targets

  • I can produce a published piece of writing with correct punctuation, capitalization and spelling



Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity

Student is able to:

  • Produce a piece of writing virtually free of spelling errors, so the paper is exceptionally easy to read
  • Spells difficult, untaught words phonetically
The student may write about the same topics, but the writing conventions of capitalization, punctuation and spelling are advanced according to the indicators for a Level 4.
  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.

“The Standard.” Student is able to:

  • Use correct age-appropriate capitalization with minimal errors (beginning of sentences, dates and names of people)
  • Use correct age-appropriate end punctuation
  • Use conventional spelling (writer is not penalized by lengthy writing that may include more errors

The student will do a wide variety of writing opinion, informative and narrative pieces.  

Certain pieces of writing will be edited and published for an audience to read.

  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

The student:

  • Makes minimal errors in age-appropriate correct capitalization
  • Makes minimal errors in age-appropriate correct punctuation
  • Is merging towards conventional spelling
See Level 3 for example of task.
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content,student has partial knowledge of the 2.0  content.

The student:

  • Does not use correct age-appropriate capitalization
  • Does not use correct age-appropriate end punctuation
  • Does not use any conventional spelling
See Level 3 for example of task.
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill is demonstrated.




  • Capital
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling patterns
  • High-frequency word


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