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The tutors at U.S. Best Tutors are proficient in all aspects of the Common Core standards. Students will develop the critical thinking skills and verbal proficiency to be able to express their ideas and opinions using both academic language and personal style.

As of August 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (CSBE) adopted the K-12 California Common Core Standards based on the recommendations of the Academic Content Standards Commission. The standards focus on core concepts and procedures starting in the early grades. Students are expected to make progress each year and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. The California education system emphasizes the importance of understanding English Language Arts. Students are expected to be able to think critically, proficiently verbalize their thoughts and opinions, analyze texts, and create essays that are predominantly research and evidence based.

Students are expected to be efficient in the following skills:

 Elementary School (K-4)English Language Arts:

  • Differentiate between upper and lower case letters
  • Appropriately capitalize the first word in a sentence and proper nouns
  • Recognize and name end punctuations
  • Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Explain functions of parts of speech (for example: nouns, verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, and interjections)
  • Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs (including regular and irregular)
  • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future
  • Form and use progressive verb tenses
  • Spell simple words phonetically
  • Use apostrophes to form contractions and frequently occurring possessive nouns
  • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Use context close to understand the meaning of a word or phrase
  • Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to indicate titles of works
  • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, encyclopedias, and texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language (literal and non- literal meanings of words and phrases in context)

 

 Middle School (4-8)English Language Arts:

  • Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive)
  • Use Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of words
  • Differentiate between connotations (associations) and denotations (literal meaning) of words
  • Interpret figures of speech in context
  • Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences
  • Form and use verbs in the active and passive voice

 

High School (9-12)English Language Arts:

  • Utilize the Modern Language Association (MLA) format when writing
  • Use an ellipsis to indicate omission
  • Understand parallel structures in text
  • Appropriately utilize colons, semicolons, hyphens, and ellipses
  • Write arguments to support and analyze texts
  • Write informative and explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences events.
  • Understand and identify literary elements in text (e.g. allegory, allusion, foreshadowing, elegy, figurative language, metaphor, irony, etc.)

 

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