State Curriculum - Reading

Grade K
Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text: Students will read, comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate literary texts.
1. Develop comprehension skills by listening to and reading a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts
a. Listen to and discuss a variety of literary texts representing diverse cultures, perspectives, and ethnicities
b. Listen to and discuss a variety of different types of fictional literary text, such as stories, poems, nursery rhymes, realistic fiction, fairy tales, and fantasy
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 beginning, middle, and end of a story, including the problem, and solution
b. Identify the characters, sequence of events, and setting of a story
4. Use elements of poetry to facilitate understanding
a. Identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems read to them
b. Retell the events 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. Retell the story by sequencing the main events
b. Identify a personal connection to the text
7. Identify and describe the author's use of language
a. Identify descriptive words in text read to them

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: