Goals for Student Learning
- Monitor for understanding.
- Notice when they stray from text or lose understanding.
- Use fix-up strategies to repair understanding.
- Use evidence from the text to explain their thinking.
- Discuss reading to expand understanding.
- Grow thinking through discussion.
- Explain thinking orally and in writing.
Suggested Texts for Focus Lessons and Independent Reading
- Chapter books with strong characters and plot
- Picture books with strong characters and compelling themes
- During Independent Reading, students will need texts with strong characters to practice strategies from focus lessons.
MA ELA Standards (including CCSS)
MASSACHUSETTS ELA STANDARDS
RL.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from figurative language.
RL.3.5 Identify common structural elements of fiction (e.g., problem, solution); describe how each successive part of a text builds on earlier sections.
RF.3.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.3.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
RF.3.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
RF.3.4b Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
RF.3.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
L.3.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
L.3.4 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.
L.3.4a Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.3.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
SL.3.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
SL.3.1c Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
SL.3.1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.