3rd Grade ELA Learning Targets
English Lang Arts, 3
(Reading) ALT 1 - Literature
I can read and understand grade level literature, including stories, drama, and poetry independently.
AST 1.1 - (Key Ideas) - Ask, Answer Questions : I can ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding, referring to the text.
AST 1.2 - (Key Ideas) - Recount Genres : I can recount different genres of stories (e.g. fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures) determining the central message and how it is conveyed through key details.
AST 1.3 - (Key Ideas) - Describe Characters : I can describe characters (e.g., traits, motivations, or feelings), and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
AST 1.4 - (Craft-Struct) - Determine Meaning : I can determine the meaning of words and phrases, distinguishing literal and non-literal language.
AST 1.5 - (Craft-Struct) - Identify Storyteller : I can refer to parts of a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza.
AST 1.6 - (Craft-Struct) - Describe Successive : I can describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
AST 1.7 - (Craft-Struct) - Point of View : I can distinguish my own point of view from that of the narrator/characters.
AST 1.8 - (Knowledge-Skills) - Illustrations : I can explain how illustrations contribute meaning to the story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
AST 1.9 - (Knowledge-Skills) - Compare, Contrast : I can compare and contrast themes, settings, and plots of stories in a series and/or from the same author about the same or similar characters.
(Reading) ALT 2 - Informational. Text
I can read and understand grade level informational text, including history, social studies, science, and technical texts independently.
AST 2.1 - (Key Ideas) - Ask, Answer Questions : I can ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding, referring to the text.
AST 2.2 - (Key Ideas) - Determine Main Idea : I can determine the main idea of the text.
AST 2.3 - (Key Ideas) - Recount Key Details : I can recount key details and explain how they support the main idea.
AST 2.4 (Key Ideas) - Relationship between Ideas : I can describe the relationship between ideas in a text (series of historical events, scientific ideas, or steps in technical procedures) using time, sequence, and/or cause/effect.
AST 2.5 - (Craft-Structure) - Determine Meaning : I can determine the meaning of academic and domain-specific words and phrases.
AST 2.6 - (Craft-Structure) - Use Text Features : I can use text features and search tools to locate information (e.g., key words, sidebars, and hyperlinks).
AST 2.7 - ((Craft-Structure) - Point of View : I can distinguish my own point of view from that of the author.
AST 2.8 - (Knowledge-Ideas) - Use Info From Illustrations : I can use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and words to demonstrate understanding of the where, when, why and how of a text.
AST 2.9 - (Knowledge-Ideas) - Desc. Logical Connections : I can describe the logical connections between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, sequence.)
AST 2.10 - (Knowledge-Ideas) - Compare,Contrast : I can compare and contrast the most important points and key details in two texts on the same topic.
AST 2.11 - (Focus Organ-Struct) - Recount : I can write narrative to recount two or more sequenced events, including some details about what happened.
AST 2.12 - (Elaboration) - Include Details : I can include some details regarding what happened.
AST 2.13 - (Transition) - Use Temporal Words : I can use temporal words to signal order.
AST 2.14 - (Conclusion) - Provide Closure : I can provide some sense of closure.
(Reading) ALT 3 - Phonics and Word Recognition
Foundational: I know and can apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
AST 3.1 - Long-Short Vowels : I can distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
AST 3.2 - Spelling-Sound Correspondences : I know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
AST 3.3 - Two Syllable Words (long vowels) : I can decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
AST 3.4 - Prefix and Suffix : I can decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
AST 3.5 - ID Spelling-Sound Words : I can identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
AST 3.6 - Recognize Irregular Spellings : I can recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
(Reading) ALT 4 - Fluency
Foundational: I can read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
AST 4.1 - Read On-level Text : I can read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
AST 4.2 - Read On-level Texts Orally : I can read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
AST 4.3 - Using Context : I can use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
(Writing) ALT 1 - Opinion
I can write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
AST 1.1 - Focus and Organizational Structure : Focus and Organizational Structure: I can introduce a topic or text I am writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
AST 1.2 - Elaboration : Elaboration: I can provide reasons that support the opinion.
AST 1.3 - Transition : Transition: I can use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect my opinion and reasons.
AST 1.4 - Conclusion : Conclusion: I can provide a concluding statement or section.
(Writing) ALT 2 - Informative-Explanatory
I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
AST 2.1 - Focus and Organizational Structure : Focus and Organizational Structure: I can introduce a topic and group related information and include illustrations when useful.
AST 2.2 - Elaboration : Elaboration: I can use facts, definitions, and details to develop a topic.
AST 2.3 - Transition : Transition: I can use linking words and phrases to connect ideas (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) within categories.
AST 2.4 - Conclusion : Conclusion: I can provide a concluding statement or section.
(Writing) ALT 3 - Narrative
I can write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using descriptive details and clear sequences.
AST 3.1 - Focus and Organizational Structure : Focus and Organizational Structure: I can establish a situation, introduce a narrator and/or characters, and organize an event sequence.
AST 3.2 - Elaboration : Elaboration: I can use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop events or show response of characters to situations.
AST 3.3 - Transition : Transition: I can use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.
AST 3.4 - Conclusion : Conclusion: I can provide a sense of closure.
(Language) ALT 1 - Grammar
I can demonstrate command of standard English grammar when writing or speaking.
AST 1.1 - Regular and Irregular Plural Nouns : Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns
AST 1.2 - Abstract Nouns : Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood)
AST 1.3 - Regular-Irregular Verbs : Form and use regular and irregular verbs
AST 1.4 - Simple Verb Tense : Form and use simple verb tenses (e.g., I walked; I walk: I will walk)
AST 1.5 - Subject-verb Agreement : Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
AST 1.6 - Comparative-Superlative Adverbs-Adjectives : Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs
AST 1.7 - Conjunctions : Use coordinating (and, but, or, yet, for, nor, so) and subordinating (e.g. after, unless, since) conjunctions
AST 1.8 - Sentences : Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences
(Language) ALT 2 - Conventions
I can demonstrate command of the conventions of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
AST 2.1 - Capitalization of Titles : Capitalize appropriate words in titles
AST 2.2 -Commas in Addresses : Use commas in addresses
AST 2.3 - Commas and Quotation Marks : Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue
AST 2.4 - Possessives : Form and use possessives
AST 2.5 - Conventional Spelling : Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).
AST 2.6 - Spelling Patterns : Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful words parts) in writing words.
AST 2.7 - Reference Materials : Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
(Lang) ALT 3 - Knowledge of Language
I can use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
AST 3.1 - Choose Words and Phrases : I can choose words and phrases for effect
AST 3.2 - Differences between Spoken and Written : I can recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written standard English
(Language) ALT 4 - Unknown -Mult Meaning Words
I can determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
AST 4.1 - Sentence-level Context : I can Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
AST 4.2 - Affix : I can determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/ uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
AST 4.3 - Root Words : I can use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion
AST 4.4 - Glossaries : I can use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
(Language) ALT 5 - Word Relationships
I can demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
AST 5.1 - Literal and Non-literal Meanings : I can distinguish the literal and non-literal meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
AST 5.2 - Real-Life Conncetions : I can identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful).
AST 5.3 - States of Mind : I can distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).
(Language)) ALT 6 - Using Words and Phrases
I can acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 1 - Conversations.-Collaborations
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 2 - Integrate-Evaluate.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 3 - Evaluate. Speaking. Point of View
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 4 - Line of Reason
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 5- Display Data
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 6 - Adapt Speech
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.