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CTE/Keyboarding Curriculum
Keyboarding - (Third Grade) [2002]
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Core Standards of the Course

"It is recommended that in addition to the standards and performance indicators, keyboarding first be taught as a concentrated unit in third grade and reviewed in each succeeding grade to allow students to achieve a high degree of proficiency. Students will be assessed during the spring of their 5th grade year. The assessment will include a keyboarding skill test, a technology literacy self-assessment, and the inclusion of at least two pieces of student work in an electronic portfolio."

Additional Keyboarding Information and Resources from USOE

Standard 1
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques.

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Objective 1
Objective 1 The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques.

  1. Sit up straight.
  2. Center body to the "h" key with elbows at sides.
  3. Place feet for balance.
  4. Curve fingers over the home keys.
  5. Keep wrists off the keyboard.
  6. Keep eyes on printed copy.
  7. Key by touch.

Objective 2
The student will know the purpose of correct keyboarding techniques.

  1. Describe limitations of poor techniques.
  2. List advantages of good techniques.

Standard 2
The student will use correct fingering while keying the introduced keys.

Objective 1
Demonstrate the correct key reaches for all alphabet letters.

  1. Use correct keystroke techniques for the letter keys.

Objective 2
Demonstrate correct fingering for and correct usage of the space bar, enter key, shift keys, backspace/delete key, and tab key.

  1. Tap the SPACE BAR with the right thumb.
  2. Hit the ENTER/RETURN key with the right little finger.
  3. Use the LEFT SHIFT key when capitalizing right hand letters.
  4. Use the RIGHT SHIFT key when capitalizing left hand letters.
  5. Strike the BACKSPACE/DELETE key with the right little finger.
  6. Tap the TAB key with the left little finger.

Objective 3
Objective 3 Demonstrate correct fingering for and correct usage of the period, comma, and the question mark.

  1. Strike the PERIOD with the right ring finger.
  2. Strike the COMMA with the right middle finger.
  3. Key a QUESTION MARK by holding down the left shift key with the left little finger and striking the question mark with the right little finger.
  4. Demonstrate spacing rules when keying a period.
  5. Demonstrate correct spacing when keying a comma.
  6. Demonstrate correct spacing when keying a question mark.

Standard 3
The students will key accurately from dictation and printed copy.

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Objective 1
The student will key letters, short words, and phrases from dictation.

Objective 2
The student will key drills from printed text.


Standard 4
The student will demonstrate correct keyboarding techniques with minimum speed and accuracy on 30-second timed writings.

Objective 1
The students will achieve minimum keyboarding competency on 30-second timed writings.

  1. Key at a minimum of 15 words per minute (WPM) on at least three 30-second timings.
  2. Key at 3 or fewer errors on 30-second timings.
  3. Key without using the backspace/delete key on timings.


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Email:  thalea.longhurst@schools.utah.gov
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