State Curriculum - Reading

Grade 1
Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text: Students will read, comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate literary texts.
1. Develop comprehension skills by reading a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts
a. Listen to, read, and discuss a variety of literary texts representing diverse cultures, perspectives, and ethnicities
b. Listen to, read, and discuss a variety of different types of fictional literary texts, such as plays, poems, stories (folktales, fairy tales, fantasy, fables, realistic fiction, and historical fiction)
2. Use text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts
a. Identify and explain how the title contributes to meaning
b. Identify and explain how text features, such as illustrations, punctuation, and print features, contribute to meaning
3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding
a. Identify the elements of a story, including characters, setting, problem, and solution
b. Identify and explain character traits and actions
c. Sequence the important events
4. Use elements of poetry to facilitate understanding
a. Identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems read to them
b. Summarize the events or tell the meaning of the poem
5. Use elements of drama to facilitate understanding
a. Identify the characters, dialogue, and scenery of a play read to them
6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts
a. Recognize the main idea
b. Recognize a similar message in more than one text
c. Summarize the text by stating the main idea and sequencing the important events
d. Identify personal connections to the text
7. Identify and describe the author's use of language
a. Identify language that appeals to the senses and feelings
b. Identify repetition
c. Identify specific words and punctuation that create tone

Indicators/objectives that include assessment limits are assessed on MSA *New Standards identifies the need for students to process 1 million words per year to maintain academic progress.


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: