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Elementary School | Language Arts | Writing

The ability to write clearly is essential to any person’s effective communications. Students with high-level writing skills can produce documents that show planning and organization and effectively convey the intended message and meaning. Clear writing is critical to employment and production in today’s world. Individuals must be capable of writing for a variety of audiences in differing styles, including standard rhetoric themes, business letters and reports, financial proposals and technical and professional communications. Students should be able to use word processors and computers to enhance their writing proficiency and improve their career opportunities.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and structure:

  • Construct complete sentences which demonstrate subject/verb agreement; appropriate capitalization and punctuation; correct spelling of appropriate, high-frequency words; and appropriate use of the eight parts of speech.

Compose well-organized and coherent writing for specific purposes and audiences:

  • Use prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas (e.g., focus on one topic; organize writing to include a beginning, middle and end; use descriptive words when writing about people, places, things, events).
  • Demonstrate focus, organization, elaboration and integration in written compositions (e.g., short stories, letters, essays, reports).

Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes:

  • Write for a variety of purposes including description, information, explanation, persuasion and narration.
  • Create media compositions or productions which convey meaning visually for a variety of purposes.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and structure:

  • Write paragraphs that include a variety of sentence types; appropriate use of the eight parts of speech; and accurate spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

Compose well-organized and coherent writing for specific purposes and audiences:

  • Generate and organize ideas using a variety of planning strategies (e.g., mapping, outlining, drafting).
  • Establish central idea, organization, elaboration and unity in relation to purpose and audience.
  • Expand ideas by using modifiers, subordination and standard paragraph organization.
  • Edit documents for clarity, subjectivity, pronoun-antecedent agreement, adverb and adjective agreement and verb tense; proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation; and ensure that documents are formatted in final form for submission and/or publication.

Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes:

  • Write for a variety of purposes and for specified audiences in a variety of forms including narrative (e.g., fiction, autobiography), expository (e.g., reports, essays) and persuasive writings (e.g., editorials, advertisements).
  • Produce and format compositions for specified audiences using available technology.

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