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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Composition: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--writing process. The student uses the writing process recursively to compose multiple texts that are legible and uses appropriate conventions.

Have students work with a partner to edit their writing to ensure appropriate use of pronouns. If students identify pronouns they believe were used inappropriately, ask them to explain why they believe the pronoun is not appropriate and revise the sentence.

Further Explanation

This assessment requires students to apply their knowledge of correct pronoun usage. Students should correctly edit a piece of writing to ensure appropriate pronoun agreement. This knowledge is acquired through practice and experience with appropriate use of pronouns in writing. This skill should be developed with writing in all genres.

During the editing stage of the writing process, students further improve their drafts and often prepare them for publication by correcting errors in mechanics, grammar, and spelling. Applying standard rules of the English language correctly helps the audience understand the information more easily by not having to interrupt their thinking to decide what the writer intended to say.
Students are expected to know how to correctly use relative pronouns, or pronouns to refer to previously established nouns or noun phrases. Students should review their drafts and evaluate the use of relative pronouns for correctness. Common relative pronoun errors include referring to humans as objects by using that (e.g., I have a friend that sings beautifully) and non-human objects/beings as people by using who (e.g., I enjoy dogs who love to go for runs).