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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.

Task students with editing their own writing to ensure pronoun-antecedent agreement. Have them highlight the singular pronouns in one color and plural pronouns in another color. Then, have students identify the antecedent that goes with each pronoun and highlight it the same color if it is written correctly. If the antecedent does not match the pronoun, students should highlight it in a third color. Then, have them rewrite the sentences that were incorrect and highlight them with the correct colors once they are correct.

Further Explanation

This assessment provides an opportunity for a teacher to observe student development of writing with appropriate pronoun-antecedent agreement. As students use the writing process to compose multiple texts, the editing stage allows students to improve drafts. Ample opportunities should be provided for students review their writing drafts, evaluating for pronoun-antecedent agreement and making necessary changes to improve the quality of their writing.

During the editing stage of the writing process, students further improve their drafts and often prepare them for publication by correcting conventions errors. Applying the 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.
In the editing stage students should review drafts for correct pronoun-antecedent agreement. Pronouns should always agree with their antecedents in gender, person, and number. For example, in the sentence “Ellie said she was late because her phone was lost," the pronouns she and her agree in gender with their antecedent Ellie. Another example is the sentence "I reviewed my draft and revised my word choice." In this sentence, the first-person pronoun my agrees with the antecedent I.
standard rules of the English language, including written mechanics such as punctuation, capitalization, spelling, paragraphing, etc. and written/oral grammar such as parts of speech, word order, subject-verb agreement, and sentence structure