ELA-03 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Conventions of Standard English.

ELA-03.L.02 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

a.  Capitalize words in titles.

b.  Use commas in addresses.

c.  Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

d.  Form and use possessives.

e.  Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g. sitting, smiled, cries, happiness)

f.  Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g. word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

g.  Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionalries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify words in a title that should be capitalized
  • I can name ending punctuation and how and when to use it
  • I can identify when a comma should be used in a sentence

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can punctuate dialogue correctly by using commas before/after speaker tags and placing quotation marks around spoken words (examples:  "I was walking," Rob said, When Caleb tripped me.")
  • I can spell high frequency words correctly
  • I can write words correctly using common spelling patterns and generalizations
  • I can consult reference material (dictionaries) as needed to check correct spellings
  • I can use periods, question and exclamation marks at the end of sentences
  • I can use commas to separate items in a list, city and state and in dialogue

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity

The student:

  • Makes no errors in capitalization, punctuation or spelling
  • The writing piece is exceptionally easy to read
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.”  The student:

  • Makes minimal errors in grade appropriate capitalization, punctuation and spelling
  • The writing piece is easy to read
The student publishes (will be read by an outside audience) a writing piece (opinion, informative or narrative).
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

The student:

  • Makes some errors in capitalization, punctuation and spelling
  • The errors made in conventions are noticeable and interrupt the flow of the piece
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:

  • Makes many errors in capitalization, punctuation and spelling
  • The errors are noticeable and greatly interrupt the flow of the piece
See Level 3 for example of task.
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill is demonstrated.




  • Title
  • Dialogue
  • Speaker
  • High-frequency word
  • Spelling Pattern
  • Base word
  • Prefix/Suffix
  • Capitalize
  • Period
  • Comma
  • Question Mark
  • Exclamation Mark
  • Quotations


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