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English Language Arts, Grade 3, 2007

1.) Apply advanced phonetic analysis to multiple-syllable words, including consonants, short vowels, blends, long vowel markers, and r-controlled vowels.

2.) Demonstrate reading vocabulary knowledge of compound words.

•  Using structural analysis to develop meaning
Examples: prefixes, suffixes, root words

•  Drawing semantic maps
•  Recognizing new synonyms and antonyms
•  Spelling correctly compound words, phonetically regular words, contractions, and possessives, including using dictionary to check spelling
3.) Use a wide range of strategies, including using context clues and predicting outcomes, to comprehend third-grade recreational reading materials in a variety of genres.

Examples: stories, trade books, poems

•  Reading fluently 110-120 words per minute
•  Identifying literary elements and devices
Examples: characters, similes

•  Determining sequence of events
•  Distinguishing fiction from nonfiction
•  Using sentence structure to assist in comprehension
•  Drawing conclusions to determine authors' intent
•  Using self-monitoring for text understanding, including rereading and adjusting rate and speed of reading
•  Using vocabulary knowledge to construct meaning
•  Relating main ideas to prior knowledge and specific life experiences
•  Previewing and predicting to anticipate content
•  Utilizing text features to gain meaning
•  Using prior knowledge and experience
4.) Use a wide range of strategies and skills, including retelling information, using context clues, and making inferences to identify main idea, to comprehend third-grade informational and functional reading materials.

•  Using sentence structure to assist in comprehension
•  Distinguishing main idea from details
•  Summarizing passages to demonstrate understanding
•  Utilizing text features to gain meaning
Examples: titles, headings, glossary, boldface, index, table of contents, maps, charts, tables

•  Using vocabulary knowledge to enhance comprehension
•  Using self-monitoring for text understanding
•  Following simple written directions
•  Ordering by importance or chronology
5.) Compare poetry, folktales, and fables in respect to their genre characteristics.

6.) Recognize linguistic and cultural similarities and differences in multicultural literature.

Examples: regional dialects, clothing, food, games

7.) Compare fictional characters and events to real-life experiences.

Example: relating hardships faced by early settlers in literature to hardships faced by families today

8.) Use text features to guide interpretation of expository texts, including italics, headings, maps, and charts.


- social studies--locating physical features on a map

- science--interpreting weather data from charts and tables

•  Interpreting the author's purpose or intent in a given text
9.) Compose narrative texts using an introductory paragraph, specific time frames, clear sequencing of events, and a conclusion.

•  Determining purpose and audience prior to writing

- purpose--writer addresses topic in correct mode

- audience--writer uses appropriate tone

•  Demonstrating clarity and organization in a composition
•  Composing descriptive texts using sensory details and vivid language
•  Composing expository texts using appropriate sequencing of ideas or steps in a process
•  Using complete sentences, varied sentence structure, and appropriate transition words in a composition
•  Demonstrating the process of prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
•  Using graphic organizers during prewriting
•  Using figurative language to enhance written text
Examples: simile, onomatopoeia, metaphor, alliteration

•  Utilizing precise vocabulary in written presentations
Examples: gorgeous instead of pretty, prosperous instead of rich

•  Demonstrating correct spelling in final written text
•  Responding in writing to open-ended questions
•  Utilizing bullets to organize major details and ideas to support a topic
•  Demonstrating the ability to write legibly in cursive
10.) Apply mechanics in writing, including capitalization of proper nouns and titles of people and appropriate end marks, abbreviations, and commas with dates.

•  Identifying friendly letter parts and related punctuation marks
•  Using apostrophes with contractions and possessives
•  Underlining or italicizing book titles
•  Using commas to separate items in a series, in a physical address, and before the conjunction in a compound sentence
11.) Recognize nouns, verbs, pronouns, conjunctions, and adjectives in written texts.

•  Demonstrating use of nouns, verbs, pronouns, conjunctions, adjectives, and verb tenses in writing
•  Demonstrating use of subject-verb agreement in writing
•  Demonstrating use of forms of adjectives in writing
12.) Demonstrate retrieval skills needed to research a topic.

•  Formulating questions based on a topic
•  Using appropriate reference materials
Examples: dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, thesauruses, technology resources, news and feature articles

•  Evaluating relevant information gained through research
•  Recognizing text features, including italics, captions, sidebars, photographs, and illustrations
13.) Demonstrate the ability to follow multistep oral directions.

14.) Demonstrate eye contact, articulation, and appropriate voice intonation with oral narrative presentations.

•  Using dramatizations with oral descriptive presentations
•  Using figurative language to enhance oral communication
Examples: simile, onomatopoeia, metaphor, alliteration

•  Utilizing precise vocabulary in oral presentations
Examples: exceptional instead of good, brilliant instead of smart

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