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Topic: Written expression 

Foreign Language

 Standard 1.  Uses the target language to engage in conversations, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions and information
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 1.Uses verbal and written exchanges to share personal data, information, and preferences (e.g., events in one’s life, past experiences, significant details related to topics that are of common interest, preferred leisure activities, likes, dislikes, needs)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses verbal exchanges to share personal data, information, and preferences
     2.Uses written exchanges to share personal data, information, and preferences
     3.Uses verbal exchanges to share events in one’s life
     4.Uses written exchanges to share events in one’s life
     5.Uses verbal exchanges to share past experiences
     6.Uses written exchanges to share past experiences
     7.Uses verbal exchanges to share significant details related to topics that are of common interest
     8.Uses written exchanges to share significant details related to topics that are of common interest
     9.Uses verbal exchanges to share preferred leisure activities
     10.Uses written exchanges to share preferred leisure activities
     11.Uses verbal exchanges to share likes and dislikes
     12.Uses written exchanges to share likes and dislikes
     13.Uses verbal exchanges to share needs
     14.Uses written exchanges to share needs
   Benchmark 6.Gives and follows oral and written directions in the target language (e.g., for travel, for other tasks, for a recipe, for a word maze)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Gives oral directions in the target language
     2.Follows oral directions in the target language
     3.Gives written directions in the target language
     4.Follows written directions in the target language
     5.Gives and follows oral directions for travel situations
     6.Gives and follows written directions for travel situations
     7.Gives and follows oral directions for tasks
     8.Gives and follows written directions for tasks
     9.Gives and follows oral directions for a recipe
     10.Gives and follows written directions for a recipe
     11.Gives and follows oral directions for a word maze
     12.Gives and follows written directions for a word maze
   Benchmark 8.Uses verbal and written exchanges to express opinions in the target language (e.g., concerning current events, about topics of personal or community interest)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses verbal exchanges to express opinions in the target language
     2.Uses written exchanges to express opinions in the target language
     3.Expresses opinions concerning current events, in both verbal and written forms, in the target language
     4.Expresses opinions concerning topics of personal or community interest, in both verbal and written forms, in the target language
 Standard 3.  Presents information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   Benchmark 3.Writes in a variety of forms (e.g., short, informal notes or messages, lists, letters, e-mail) to describe or provide information about oneself, friends and family, or school activities
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Writes short, informal notes or messages to describe or provide information about oneself, friends and family, or school activities
     2.Writes lists to describe or provide information about oneself, friends and family, or school activities
     3.Writes letters to describe or provide information about oneself, friends and family, or school activities
     4.Writes e-mail to describe or provide information about oneself, friends and family, or school activities
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 3.Writes in the target language in a variety of formats (e.g., notes, short letters, e-mail, business letters, thank you letters, descriptions, narrations, personal essays, poems, short stories, plays, songs, journals)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Writes notes in the target language
     2.Writes short letters in the target language
     3.Writes emails in the target language
     4.Writes business letters in the target language
     5.Writes thank you letters in the target language
     6.Writes descriptions in the target language
     7.Writes narrations in the target language
     8.Writes personal essays in the target language
     9.Writes poems in the target language
     10.Writes short stories in the target language
     11.Writes plays in the target language
     12.Writes songs in the target language
     13.Writes journals in the target language
   Benchmark 4.Writes to peers on topics of shared personal interest (e.g., everyday events, activities at home or in school)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Writes to peers about everyday events
     2.Writes to peers about activities at home or in school
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Writes in the target language in a variety of forms (e.g., personal essays, poems, plays, shorts stories, songs, dialogue, business and personal letters, invitations, drama, journals, e-mail, articles for student publications, factual reports)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Writes dialogue in the target language
     2.Writes personal letters in the target language
     3.Writes invitations in the target language
     4.Writes dramatic works in the target language
     5.Writes articles for student publications in the target language
     6.Writes factual reports in the target language
   Benchmark 2.Writes in the target language for a variety of audiences (e.g., pen-pals, peers, friends, adults, native speakers of the target language) on different topics (e.g., current events of mutual interest)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Writes to pen-pals in the target language about a variety of topics
     2.Writes to peers in the target language about a variety of topics
     3.Writes to friends in the target language about a variety of topics
     4.Writes to adults in the target language about a variety of topics
     5.Writes to native speakers of the target language about a variety of topics
   Benchmark 3.Summarizes orally or in writing the content of various expository texts appropriate at this developmental level (e.g., feature magazine or newspaper articles) on topics of current or historical interest to members of the target culture
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Summarizes orally the content of various expository texts appropriate at this developmental level
     2.Summarizes in writing the content of various expository texts appropriate at this developmental level
     3.Summarizes orally feature magazine or newspaper articles
     4.Summarizes in writing feature magazine or newspaper articles
   Benchmark 5.Presents information orally or in writing on literary and cultural topics that are appropriate at this developmental level (e.g., presents the plot, character descriptions and development, and themes found in authentic literary works; expresses opinions and appreciation for various forms of literature, radio programs, songs, films, visual works)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Presents information orally on literary topics that are appropriate at this developmental level
     2.Presents information orally on cultural topics that are appropriate at this developmental level
     3.Presents information in writing on literary topics that are appropriate at this developmental level
     4.Presents information in writing on cultural topics that are appropriate at this developmental level
     5.Presents information about authentic literary works, such as the plot, character descriptions and development, and themes
     6.Expresses opinions and appreciation for various forms of literature, radio programs, songs, films, and visual works
   Benchmark 6.Uses a dictionary or thesaurus written entirely in the target language to select appropriate words for use in preparing written and oral reports
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Uses a dictionary written entirely in the target language to prepare written reports
     2.Uses a thesaurus written entirely in the target language to prepare written reports
     3.Uses a dictionary written entirely in the target language to prepare oral reports
     4.Uses a thesaurus written entirely in the target language to prepare oral reports