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Elementary School | Language Arts | Reading

Reading is essential. It is the process by which people gain information and ideas from books, newspapers, manuals, letters, contracts, advertisements and a host of other materials. Using strategies for constructing meaning before, during and after reading will help students connect what they read now with what they have learned in the past. Students who read well and widely build a strong foundation for learning in all areas of life.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections:

  • Apply word analysis skills (e.g., phonics, word patterns) to recognize new words.
  • Comprehend unfamiliar words using context clues and prior knowledge; verify meanings with resource materials.

Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency:

  • Establish purposes for reading, make predictions, connect important ideas, and link text to previous experiences and knowledge.
  • Identify genres (forms and purposes) of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and electronic literary forms.
  • Continuously check and clarify for understanding (e.g., reread, read ahead, use visual and context clues, ask questions, retell, use meaningful substitutions).
  • Read age-appropriate material aloud with fluency and accuracy.

Comprehend a broad range of reading materials:

  • Use information to form questions and verify predictions.
  • Identify important themes and topics.
  • Make comparisons across reading selections.
  • Summarize content of reading material using text organization (e.g., story, sequence).
  • Identify how authors and illustrators express their ideas in text and graphics (e.g., dialogue, conflict, shape, color, characters).
  • Use information presented in simple tables, maps and charts to form an interpretation.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to comprehend selections:

  • Read and comprehend unfamiliar words using root words, synonyms, antonyms, word origins and derivations.
  • Clarify word meaning using context clues and a variety of resources including glossaries, dictionaries and thesauruses.

Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency:

  • Establish purposes for reading; survey materials; ask questions; make predictions; connect, clarify and extend ideas.
  • Identify structure (e.g., description, compare/contrast, cause and effect, sequence) of nonfiction texts to improve comprehension.
  • Continuously check and clarify for understanding (e.g., in addition to previous skills, clarify terminology, seek additional information).
  • Read age-appropriate material aloud with fluency and accuracy.

Comprehend a broad range of reading materials:

  • Use information to form and refine questions and predictions.
  • Make and support inferences and form interpretations about main themes and topics.
  • Compare and contrast the content and organization of selections.
  • Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate to purpose of material.
  • Explain how authors and illustrators use text and art to express their ideas (e.g., points of view, design hues, metaphor).
  • Connect information presented in tables, maps and charts to printed or electronic text.

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