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ELD Standards: Grades 3-5

Reading Comprehension

ELD Levels
ELD Standards
Instructional Strategies
Beginning
Respond orally to stories read aloud by giving one or two word responses (e.g., "brown bear") to factual comprehension questions.
 
Orally identify the relationship between simple text read aloud and one's own experience by using key words and/or phrases.
 
Understand and follow simple one-step directions for classroom activities.
 
Identify, using key words or pictures, the basic sequence of events in stories read aloud.
 
Identify, using key words and/or phrases, the main idea in a story read aloud.
 
Point out text features, such as the title, table of contents, and chapter headings.
 
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Early Intermediate
Read and listen to simple stories and demonstrate understanding by using simple sentences to respond to explicit detailed questions (e.g., "The bear is brown").
 
Read and orally identify relationships between written text and one's own experience by using simple sentences.
 
Understand and follow simple two-step directions for classroom activities.
 
Orally identify, using simple sentences, the basic sequence of events in text that one reads.
 
Read text and orally identify the main ideas by using simple sentences and drawing inferences about the text.
 
Read and identify basic text features such as the title, table of contents, and chapter headings.
 
Orally identify examples of fact and opinion in familiar texts read aloud.

Intermediate
Use detailed sentences to respond orally to comprehension questions about text (e.g., "The brown bear lives with his family in the forest").
 
Read text and identify features, such as the title, table of contents, chapter headings, diagrams, charts, glossaries, and indexes in written texts. 
 
Read text and use detailed sentences to identify orally the main ideas and use them to make predictions and support them with details.
 
Read and use more detailed sentences to describe orally the relationships between text and one's own experiences.
 
Understand and follow some multiple-step directions for classroom-related activities.
 
Read literature and content area texts and orally identify examples of fact and opinion and cause and effect. 

Early Advanced
Describe the main ideas and supporting details of a text.
 
Generate and respond to comprehension questions related to the text.
 
Describe relationships between the text and one's personal experience.
 
Locate text features, such as format, diagrams, charts, glossaries, and indexes, and identify the functions.
 
Use the text (such as the ideas presented, illustrations, titles) to draw conclusions and make inferences.
 
Distinguish explicit examples of facts, opinions, inference, and cause and effect in texts.
 
Identify some significant structural (organizational) patterns in text, such as sequential or chronological order and cause and effect.
 

Advanced
Use the text (such as the ideas, illustrations, titles) to draw inferences and conclusions and make generalizations.
 
Describe main ideas and supporting details, including supporting evidence.
 
Use text features, such as format, diagrams, charts, glossaries, indexes, and the like, to locate and draw information from text.
 
Identify significant structural (organizational) patterns in text, such as compare and contrast, sequential and chronological order, and cause and effect.
 
Distinguish fact from opinion and inference and cause from effect in text.