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ELA-01.L

BPSS-ELA logoStrand (L)

Language

Narrative for the Language Strand:

As they move through formal schooling, students must gain control over the many conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics. They must also learn various ways to convey meaning effectively. Language standards include the rules of standard written and spoken English as well as the use of language as craft and informed choice among alternatives. The vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases (their relationships and nuances) and acquiring new academic and domain-specific vocabulary. 

English grammar conventions, knowledge of language, and vocabulary extend across reading, writing, speaking, and listening and, in fact, are inseparable from these contexts. As students grow in their understanding of patterns of English grammar, they can use this knowledge to make more purposeful and effective choices in their writing and speaking and more accurate and rich interpretations in their speaking and listening.

First grade students continue learn to write upper and lower case letters and when to use capital letters in writing. They also learn about how to use basic punctuation marks, and how to use singular and plural nouns, and verbs in the past, present and future tense.

 

How to help your child with the standards in the Language Strand:

  • Engage your child in conversations every day. If possible, include new and interesting words in your conversation.
  • Read to your child each day. When the book contains a new or interesting word, pause and define the word for your child. After you're done reading, engage your child in a conversation about the book.
  • Help build word knowledge by classifying and grouping objects or pictures while naming them.
  • Help build your child's understanding of language by playing verbal games and telling jokes and stories.
  • Encourage your child to read on his own. The more children read, the more words they encounter and learn.
  • Encourage your child to write at home.  In first grade students will be using their knowledge of phonics and sight vocabulary (I, and, said, to).  You may see your child using inventive spelling (dnosr for dinosaur).  Keep encouraging your child to write the sounds he/she hears in words so they feel confident in figuring out how to write and spell words.

Resources

Calculation Method for Strands

Strands are larger groups of related standards. The Strand Grade is a calculation of all the related standards. Click on the standard name below each strand to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each strand's related standards.


ELA-01.L.01

Under Development

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

ELA-01.L.01 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

a.  Print all upper and lower-case letters.

b.  Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

c.  Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g. He hops, We hop)

d.  Use personal, possessive and indefinite pronounts (e.g. I, me, my, they, them, their, anyone)

e.  Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g Yesterday I walked home, Today I walk home, Tomorrow I will walk home)

f.  Use frequently occuring adjectives

g. Use frequently occuring conjunctions

h.  Use determiners (e.g. articles, demonstratives)

i.  Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g. during, beyond, toward)

j.  Produce and expand complet simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 


ELA-01.L.02

 

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
4.0

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.
3.0

“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.
2.0

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.
1.0

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.

Resources

Websites

Vocabulary

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

 


ELA-01.L.03

Under Development

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Knowledge of Language.

ELA-01.L.03 (Begins in grade 2)

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 


ELA-01.L.04

Under Development

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use.

ELA-01.L.04 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

a.  Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase

b.  Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to the meaning of a word.

c.  Identify frequently occuring root words (e.g. look) and their inflectional forms (e.g looks, looked, looking).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 


ELA-01.L.05

Under Development

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use.

ELA-01.L.05 With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

a.  Sort words into categoies (colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

b.  Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g a duck is a bird that swims, a tiger is a large cat with stripes).

c.  Identify real-life connections between words and their use 

d.  Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differeing in manner (e.g. look/peek/glance/stare/glare/scowl) and adjectives differeing in intensity (large/gigantic) by defining or choosing them by acting out the manings.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 


ELA-01.L.06

Under Development

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(L) Strand: Language
Cluster: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use.

ELA-01.L.06 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., I named my hamster Nibblet because she nibbles too much because she likes that).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 


ELA-01.RF

BPSS-ELA logoStrand (RF)

Reading Foundations

Narrative for Reading Foundations Strand:

The Foundational Skill standards are directed toward fostering students' understanding and working knowledge of:

Concepts of Print:  Recognizing the features print (ex. a sentence begins with a capital and has punctuation at the end).

Phonological Awareness:  Understanding how spoken words work. 

Phonics and Word Study:  The relationship between letters and sounds in language.  Students will learn to recognize high-frequency words automatically. Students will also practice recognizing words with irregular spellings (sometimes refered to as sight words).

Fluency:  The ability to read smoothly and expressively.  A fluent reader is one who reads and understands what he or she is reading.  Fluency skills should increase as learners progress from beginning to advanced.  

The foundational skills standards are not meant to be taught as isolated skills. These standards are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the ability to comprehend what is read across a range of text types and content areas (social studies, science).  

 

How to help your child at home with the foundational skill strand:

  • Re-read favorite books to build awareness of how print works 
  • Point out and read billboards, signs, package labels and any other print encountered (playing scavenger hunt games for words)
  • Play word games, taking turns saying syllables and the partner guesses the word (el-e-phant=elephant)
  • Discuss which letters and letter combinations go with which sounds in what you and your child are reading
  • Help your child to decode (take apart) common words so that he/she becomes familiar with how to read an unknown word
  • Point out common vowel combinations, such as words that end with silent e or those that have two vowels together
  • Look for familiar parts in unknown words, then blend those parts (chunks) together to see if the word sounds familiar (the word jump is made of j+ump+ing)
  • Have your child find high-frequency words in magazines or newspapers (first graders work on recognizing the first 300 words automatically)
  • Help your child to read aloud (and re-read) text that is at his/her reading level, reading with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression
  • Read aloud higher levels of text to your child so that he/she can hear you read with accuracy, appropriate speed, and expression

Resources

Calculation Method for Strands

Strands are larger groups of related standards. The Strand Grade is a calculation of all the related standards. Click on the standard name below each strand to access the learning targets and proficiency scales for each strand's related standards.


ELA-01.RF.01a

 

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(RF) Strand: Reading Foundations
Cluster: Print Concepts.

ELA-01.RF.01 Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.

RF.01.a Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation). 

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can identify letters, words, and sentences
  • I can recognize that words are combined to make a sentences
  • I can recognize that the first word in a sentence is capitalized
  • I can recognize that words are separated by spaces before and after them
  • I can recognize that a sentence ends with a punctuation mark (e.g., period, question mark, exclamation point)

 

Proficiency (Rubric) Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0
 
  3.5 Advanced proficiency not available (See Level 4 explanation)
3.0

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

  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0
-See Level 3 for expectations
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

Vocabulary

  • Letter
  • Word
  • Sentence
  • Capitalize
  • Punctuation Mark

 


ELA-01.RF.02

Under Development

ELA-01 Targeted Standards
(RF) Strand: Reading Foundations
Cluster: Phonological Awareness.

ELA-01.RF.02 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

a. Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words. 

b.  Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes) including consonant blends

c.  Isolate and produce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words

d.  Segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds (phonemes)

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can

Reasoning Targets

  • I can

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can

Product Targets

  • I can

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 Student is able to
-
  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.
3.0 “The Standard.” Student is able to
-
  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.
2.0 Student is able to -
  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content, student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 and/or 3.0 content.
1.0 Student is able to
-
  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill id demonstrated.

Resources

Websites

  • Add resources with links, youtube or PDF

Vocabulary

  • List

 



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