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Elementary School | Language Arts | Literature

Literature transmits ideas, reflects societies and eras and expresses the human imagination. It brings understanding, enrichment and joy. Appreciating literature and recognizing its many forms enable students to learn and respond to ideas, issues, perspectives and actions of others. Literature study includes understanding the structure and intent of a short poem or a long, complex book. By exploring the techniques that authors use to convey messages and evoke responses, students connect literature to their own lives and daily experiences.

Learning Objectives Grads K-2

Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning:

  • Identify the literary elements of theme, setting, plot and character within literary works.
  • Classify literary works as fiction or nonfiction.
  • Describe differences between prose and poetry.

Read and interpret a variety of literary works:

  • Respond to literary materials by connecting them to their own experience and communicate those responses to others.
  • Identify common themes in literature from a variety of eras.
  • Relate character, setting and plot to real-life situations.

Learning Objectives Grads 3-5

Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning:

  • Identify literary elements and literary techniques (e.g., characterization, use of narration, use of dialogue) in a variety of literary works.
  • Describe how literary elements (e.g., theme, character, setting, plot, tone, conflict) are used in literature to create meaning.
  • Identify definitive features of literary forms (e.g., realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, narrative, nonfiction, biography, plays, electronic literary forms).

Read and interpret a variety of literary works:

  • Respond to literary material by making inferences, drawing conclusions and comparing it to their own experience, prior knowledge and other texts.
  • Identify and explain themes that have been explored in literature from different societies and eras.
  • Relate literary works and their characters, settings and plots to current and historical events, people and perspectives.

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