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Maryland Standards for Third Grade English Language Arts

MD.1.0. General Reading Processes

1.B. Students will apply their knowledge of letter/sound relationships and word structure to decode unfamiliar words.

1.B.2. Decode words in grade-level texts
1.B.2.3.c. Use word meanings and order in sentences to confirm decoding efforts

1.C. Students will read orally with accuracy and expression at a rate that sounds like speech.

1.C.2. Read grade-level text accurately
1.C.2.c. Use word context clues, sentence structure, and visual clues to guide self-correction
1.C.2.d. Increase sight words read fluently
1.C.3. Read grade-level text with expression
1.C.3.a. Demonstrate appropriate use of phrasing
1.C.3.a.2. Use punctuation cues to guide meaning and expression1.C.3.a.3. Use pacing and intonation to convey meaning and expression1.C.3.a.4. Adjust intonation and pitch appropriately to convey meaning and expression

1.D. Students will use a variety of strategies and opportunities to understand word meaning and to increase vocabulary.

1.D.2. Develop a conceptual understanding of new words
1.D.2.b. Identify and explain word relationships to determine the meanings of words
1.D.3. Understand, acquire, and use new vocabulary
1.D.3.a. Use context to determine the meanings of words
1.D.3.c. Use resources to determine the meanings of words
1.D.3.d. Use new vocabulary in speaking and writing to gain and extend content knowledge and clarify expression

1.E. Students will use a variety of strategies to understand what they read (construct meaning).

1.E.2. Use strategies to prepare for reading (before reading)
1.E.2.a. Survey and preview the text by examining features such as the title, pictures, illustrations, photographs, charts, and graphs
1.E.2.c. Make predictions and ask questions about the text
1.E.3. Use strategies to make meaning from text (during reading)
1.E.3.d. Look back through the text to search for connections between and among ideas
1.E.3.e. Make, confirm, or adjust predictions
1.E.3.f. Periodically summarize while reading
1.E.4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)
1.E.4.a. Identify and explain the main idea
1.E.4.b. Identify and explain what is directly stated in the text
1.E.4.c. Identify and explain what is not directly stated in the text by drawing inferences
1.E.4.d. Draw conclusions based on the text and prior knowledge
1.E.4.e. Confirm, refute, or make predictions and form new ideas
1.E.4.f. Paraphrase the main idea
1.E.4.g. Summarize

MD.2.0. Comprehension of Informational Text

2.A.1. Develop comprehension skills by reading a variety of self-selected and assigned print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

2.A.1.a. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of nonfiction materials such as textbooks, appropriate reference materials, personal narratives, diaries, and journals, biographies, newspapers, letters, articles, web sites and other online materials, other appropriate content-specific texts to gain information and content knowledge
2.A.1.b. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of functional documents such as sets of directions, science investigations, atlases, posters, flyers, forms, instructional manuals, menus, pamphlets, rules, invitations, recipes, advertisements, other functional documents

2.A.2. Identify and use text features to facilitate understanding of informational texts

2.A.2.a. Use print features such as large bold print, font size/type, italics, colored print, quotation marks, and underlining
2.A.2.b. Use graphic aids such as illustrations and pictures, photographs, drawings, sketches, cartoons, maps (key, scale, legend), graphs, charts/tables, and diagrams
2.A.2.c. Use informational aids such as introductions and overviews, materials lists, timelines, captions, glossed words, labels, numbered steps, pronunciation key, transition words, boxed text
2.A.2.d. Use organizational aids such as titles, chapter titles, headings, subheadings, tables of contents, numbered steps, glossaries, indices, transition words
2.A.2.f. Identify and explain the contributions of text features to meaning

2.A.3. Develop knowledge of organizational structure of informational text to understand what is read

2.A.3.a. Identify and analyze the organization of texts such as sequential and/or chronological order, main idea and supporting details, cause/effect, and problem solution

2.A.4. Determine important ideas and messages in informational texts

2.A.4.a. Identify and explain the author's/text's purpose and intended audience
2.A.4.c. State and support main ideas and messages
2.A.4.d. Summarize or paraphrase
2.A.4.e. Identify and explain information not related to the main idea
2.A.4.g. Draw conclusions and inferences and make generalizations and predictions from text
2.A.4.h. Distinguish between a fact and an opinion

2.A.5. Identify and explain the author's use of language

2.A.5.a. Identify and explain specific words or phrases that contribute to the meaning of a text
2.A.5.c. Identify and explain the effect of repetition of words and phrases

2.A.6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

2.A.6.b. Identify and explain additions or changes to format or features that would make the text easier to understand
2.A.6.e. Identify and explain information not included in the text
2.A.6.f. Identify and explain words and other techniques that affect the reader's feelings

MD.3.0. Comprehension of Literary Text

3.A.2. Use text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts

3.A.2.b. Identify and explain how graphic aids such as pictures and illustrations, punctuation, print features contribute to meaning
3.A.2.c. Identify and explain how informational aids such as introductions and overviews, materials lists, timelines, captions, glossed words, labels, numbered steps, bulleted lists, footnoted words, pronunciation keys, transition words, end notes, works cited, other information aids encountered in informational texts contribute to meaning
3.A.2.d. Identify and explain how print features such as large bold print, font size/type, italics, colored print, quotation marks, underlining, other print features encountered in informational texts contribute to meaning

3.A.3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding

3.A.3.a. Identify and distinguish among types of narrative texts such as characteristics of the general categories of fiction versus nonfiction, realistic fiction, tall tales, legends, fables, fairy tales, biographies
3.A.3.c. Identify and describe the setting and the mood
3.A.3.d. Identify and analyze the characters
3.A.3.e. Identify and explain relationships between and among characters, setting, and events

3.A.4. Use elements of poetry to facilitate understanding

3.A.4.a. Use structural features such as structure and form including lines and stanzas, shape, refrain, chorus, and rhyme scheme to identify poetry as a literary form
3.A.4.b. Identify and explain the meaning of words, lines, and stanzas
3.A.4.c. Identify and explain sound elements of poetry
3.A.4.d. Identify and explain other poetic elements such as setting, mood, tone, etc., that contribute to meaning

3.A.5. Use elements of drama to facilitate understanding

3.A.5.a. Use structural features to identify a play as a literary form
3.A.5.b. Identify and explain the action of a scene
3.A.5.c. Identify and explain stage directions that help to create character and movement
3.A.5.d. Identify and explain stage directions and dialogue that help to create character

3.A.6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

3.A.6.b. Identify and explain a similar idea or theme in more than one text
3.A.6.d. Summarize

3.A.7. Identify and describe the author's use of language

3.A.7.d. Identify and explain figurative language
3.A.7.f. Identify and explain repetition and exaggeration

3.A.8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

3.A.8.a. Identify and explain the believability of the characters' actions and the story's events

MD.4.0. Writing

4.A.1. Compose texts using the prewriting and drafting strategies of effective writers and speakers

4.A.1.a. Generate topics based on discussion of common experiences using techniques such as graphic organizers, journal writing, listing, webbing, and discussion of prior experiences
4.A.1.b. Plan and organize ideas for writing by using an appropriate organizational structure such as chronological or sequential order, comparison and contrast
4.A.1.b.1. Complete an idea by providing topic, support, and concluding sentences

4.A.2. Compose oral, written, and visual presentations that express personal ideas, inform, and persuade

4.A.2.a. Compose to express personal ideas to develop fluency using a variety of forms such as journals, narratives, letters, reports, and paragraphs
4.A.2.d. Compose to persuade using significant reasons and relevant support
4.A.2.d.1. Agree or disagree with an idea and generate convincing reasons with relevant support

4.A.3. Compose texts using the revising and editing strategies of effective writers and speakers

4.A.3.a. Revise texts for clarity, completeness, and effectiveness
4.A.3.a.1. Eliminate words and ideas that do not support the main idea
4.A.3.a.3. Clarify meaning by rearranging sentences within a text for a clear beginning, middle, and end

4.A.4. Identify how language choices in writing and speaking affect thoughts and feelings

4.A.4.a. Select words appropriate for audience, situation, or purpose
4.A.4.b. Acquire and use new vocabulary
4.A.4.c. Consider the effect of word choices on the audience

4.A.5. Assess the effectiveness of choice of details, word choice, and use of figurative language in the student's own composing

4.A.5.b. Explain how specific words/phrases used by the writer affects reader response
4.A.5.c. Examine and use basic transitions such as ''and,'' ''but,'' ''or,'' ''first,'' ''second,'' and ''last''

4.A.6. Explain how textual changes in a work clarify meaning or fulfill a purpose

4.A.6.a. Revise own text for word choice

MD.5.0. Controlling Language

5.A.1. Recognize elements of grammar in personal and academic reading

5.A.2. Recognize, recall, and use basic elements of grammar to express ideas clearly

5.A.2.a. Identify and use parts of speech such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives (including articles)
5.A.2.b. Identify and incorporate subjects and verbs when composing simple sentences
5.A.2.d. Identify and use verb forms such as singular/ plural, regular/ irregular
5.A.2.e. Identify and use verb tenses such as present, past, and future

5.B.1. Recognize examples of conventional USAge in personal and academic reading

5.B.2. Comprehend and apply standard English USAge in oral and written language

5.B.2.a. Use singular subjects with singular verbs and plural subjects with plural verbs
5.B.2.b. Apply consistent and appropriate use of verb tenses such as past, present, and future; pronouns such as personal and possessive; and modifiers
5.B.2.c. Recognize and correct common USAge errors such as homophones, contractions, and commonly confused words
5.B.2.d. Use available resources to correct or confirm editorial choices
5.B.2.e. Explain editorial choices

5.C.2. Apply standard English punctuation and capitalization in written language

5.C.2.a. Use end punctuation correctly
5.C.2.b. Use commas correctly in dates, addresses, city and state, salutations and closings, and items in a series
5.C.2.c. Use underlining for titles of books
5.C.2.d. Use apostrophes in contractions and singular possessives
5.C.2.e. Use quotation marks in simple dialogue
5.C.2.f. Use capital letters to begin a sentence and identify a proper noun

5.D.1. Recognize conventional spelling in and through personal and academic reading

5.D.2. Apply conventional spelling in written language

5.D.2.a. Spell non-phonetic high frequency words
5.D.2.b. Spell words with common prefixes and suffixes
5.D.2.c. Modify spellings when adding inflectional endings and suffixes
5.D.2.d. Spell words that follow regular spelling patterns in multi-syllabic words
5.D.2.e. Spell previously studied contractions and possessives

5.D.3. Maintain a personal list of words to use in editing original writing

MD.6.0. Listening

6.A.2. Comprehend and analyze what is heard

6.A.2.b. Identify rhythms and patterns of language, including alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, and repetition

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