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South Carolina third-grade language arts standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's third-grade skills will be aligned to the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of third-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the language arts practice problems in IXL's 129 third-grade skills.

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W Writing

  • MCC Meaning, Context, and Craft

    • 1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

      • 1.1 Write opinion pieces that:

        • 1.1.a introduce the topic or text, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that includes reasons;

        • 1.1.b use information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 1.1.c organize supporting reasons logically;

        • 1.1.d use transitional words or phrases to connect opinions and reasons;

        • 1.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 1.1.f use paraphrasing and original language to avoid plagiarism; and

        • 1.1.g provide a concluding statement or section.

    • 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

      • 2.1 Write informative/explanatory texts that:

        • 2.1.a introduce a topic and group related information together;

        • 2.1.b use information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 2.1.c include illustrations to aid comprehension;

        • 2.1.d develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details;

        • 2.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 2.1.f use paraphrasing and original language to avoid plagiarism;

        • 2.1.g use transition words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information;

        • 2.1.h develop a style and tone authentic to the purpose; and

        • 2.1.i provide a concluding statement or section.

    • 3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

      • 3.1 Gather ideas from texts, multimedia, and personal experience to write narratives that:

        • 3.1.a develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences;

        • 3.1.b establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters;

        • 3.1.c organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally;

        • 3.1.d use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations;

        • 3.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 3.1.f use temporal words and phrases to signal event order;

        • 3.1.g use imagery, precise words, and sensory details to develop characters and convey experiences and events; and

        • 3.1.h provide a sense of closure.

  • L Language

    • 4 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking.

      • 4.1 When writing:

        • 4.1.a show knowledge of the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs;

        • 4.1.b form and use regular and irregular plural nouns; use abstract nouns;

        • 4.1.c form and use regular and irregular verbs;

        • 4.1.d form and use the simple verb tenses;

        • 4.1.e ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement;

        • 4.1.f form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified;

        • 4.1.g form and use prepositional phrases;

        • 4.1.h use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions; and

        • 4.1.i produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

    • 5 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

      • 5.1 Capitalize appropriate words in titles, historical periods, company names, product names, and special events.

      • 5.2 Use:

        • 5.2.a apostrophes to form contractions and singular and plural possessives;

        • 5.2.b quotation marks to mark direct speech; and

        • 5.2.c commas in locations and addresses, to mark direct speech, and with coordinating adjectives.

      • 5.3 Use conventional spelling for high-frequency words, previously studied words, and for adding suffixes to base words.

      • 5.4 Use spelling patterns and generalizations.

      • 5.5 Consult print and multimedia sources to check and correct spellings.

  • RC Range and Complexity

    • 6 Write independently, legibly, and routinely for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences over short and extended time frames.

      • 6.1 Write routinely and persevere in writing tasks:

        • 6.1.a over short and extended time frames;

        • 6.1.b for a range of domain-specific tasks;

        • 6.1.c for a variety of purposes and audiences; and

        • 6.1.d by adjusting the writing process for the task, increasing the length and complexity.

      • 6.4 Continue to develop effective keyboarding skills.

      • 6.5 Connect upper- and lower-case letters efficiently and proportionately in cursive handwriting.