Here are a few of the skills students will be required to have under the new state-mandated Common Core Standards:
Kindergarten students will learn to ask and answer questions about stories and identify details and main events. They will be expected to name all letters of the alphabet, print many of the letters, read common words and draw, tell or write about a book.
Eighth-grade English: Students must use evidence from literature and other materials to analyze characters’ points of view and how the author uses dialogue. They’ll also be required to compose arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence, write narratives that show the relationships among experiences and events, conduct research projects, participate in discussions both one-on-one and with a group, and use eye contact, appropriate speaking volume and clear pronunciation.
Eighth-graders must also use correct grammar, capitalization, spelling and punctuation, verbal irony and even identify puns.
Kindergarten: Children will be asked to count to 100 and write numbers to 20. Beginning addition and subtraction starts in kindergarten, and students will sort and classify groups of objects and identify basic shapes. They’ll fluently add and subtract within five and understand the difference between morning, afternoon and evening.
First grade: Students extend their understanding of addition and subtraction by learning to use adding and subtracting to solve word problems within 20, practice linear measurement skills and begin to organize data from surveys. Students will also tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
Eighth grade: The state’s goal is to master what is commonly known as Algebra I, though not all students have the necessary skills for that level of math, according to the California Department of Education. There will be two levels of algebra depending on the student’s ability.
By seventh grade, students are to understand geometric skills such as the Pythagorean Theorem and solve problems involving volumes of cylinders, cones and spheres.
For more information on the Common Core Standards, visit www.lodiusd.net/ccss. Information about the standards is provided in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese.
— Sources: Lodi Unified School District; California Department of Education