Standard 3: Following Conventions

General Information
Number: ELA.12.C.3
Title: Following Conventions
Type: Standard
Subject: English Language Arts (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 12
Strand: Communication

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Access Points

ELA.12.C.3.AP.1
Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling appropriate to grade-level content.
Practice usage of rules to create flow in writing and/or presenting.


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