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Language Standard 3 - Command of Register and Style:
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

Students who meet this standard are probably applying the following strategy types from the competency model:

Standards Table L3. Mapping Language Standard 3 to the Competency Model

**Grade level[1]
Skills
2nd Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Compare formal and informal uses of English.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
3rd Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Choose words and phrases for effect.
  • Recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
4th Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.
  • Choose punctuation for effect.
  • Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion).
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
5th Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
  • Compare and contrast the varieties of English (e.g., dialects, registers) used in stories, dramas, or poems.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
6th Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:.
  • Vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
  • Maintain consistency in style and tone.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
7th Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:.
  • Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
8th Grade
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Use verbs in the active and passive voice and in the conditional and subjunctive mood to achieve particular effects (e.g., emphasizing the actor or the action; expressing uncertainty or describing a state contrary to fact).
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
9th-10th Grades
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Write and edit work so that it conforms to the guidelines in a style manual (e.g., MLA Handbook, Turabian’s Manual for Writers) appropriate for the discipline and writing type.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:
11th-12th Grades
The specific grade-level skills applicable to this standard include the following:
  • Vary syntax for effect, consulting references (e.g., Tufte’s Artful Sentences) for guidance as needed; apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading.
These skills correspond to the following aspects of the competency model:




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  1. ^ This standard begins at Grade 2.