School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade K

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Reading/ELA:

Standard 5.0 Controlling Language

Students will control language by applying the conventions of Standard English in speaking and writing.*

Topic

A. Grammar

Indicator

  • 1. Use grammar concepts and skills that strengthen oral language
Objective
  1. Use complete sentences in conversation and to respond to questions

Topic

B. Usage

Indicator

  • 1. Comprehend and apply standard English in oral language
Objectives
  1. Use sentences with subject/verb agreement
  2. Use correct verb tense
  3. Use sentences with noun/pronoun agreement
  4. Use commonly confused words correctly, such as get/got, have/has

Topic

C. Mechanics

Indicator

  • 1. Explain the purpose of mechanics to make and clarify meaning

Indicator

  • 2. Comprehend and use basic punctuation and capitalization in written language
Objectives
  1. Use periods at the end of sentences
  2. Use capital letters for first letters of names and beginning sentences

Topic

D. Spelling

Indicator

  • 1. Apply conventional spelling in written language
Objectives
  1. Spell first and last name correctly
  2. Spell a few high frequency words correctly
  3. Use letters to represent phonemes in words
  4. Use classroom resources to spell unknown words, such as labeled objects, word walls, charts, pictionaries

Topic

E. Handwriting

Indicator

  • 1. Produce writing that is legible to the audience
Objectives
  1. Develop fine motor skills necessary to control and sustain handwriting
  2. Form upper case and lower case manuscript letters

*Emphasis is on application of conventions rather than memorization of terms.

Indicators/objectives that include assessment limits are assessed on MSA *New Standards identifies the need for students to process 1 million words per year to maintain academic progress.

11/15/07