The University of Iowa

Comprehension - Grade 3 Students

Connect prior knowledge to information in the text (NA)

  • Relate ideas across texts

Monitor comprehension while reading (RL.3.10; RI.3.10)

  • Establish purpose for reading assigned and self-selected texts

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text (RL.3.1; RI.3.1)

  • Provide justification when answering questions to analyze or evaluate a grade-appropriate text
  • Ask critical thinking questions about a text

Recognize and use the organizational patterns/ text structures to connect ideas across the text1

  • Explain cause-effect relationships among events (RI.3.3; RI.3.8)
  • Recognize and use text structures (e.g., sequence, compare-contrast, cause-effect, problem and solution) to support understanding (RL.3.5; RI.3.8)

Identify elements of literary and informational texts

  • Explain the relationships among the major and minor characters (RL.3.3)
  • Relate events to the historical context (N/A)
  • Recognize characters and structures of argumentative text (N/A)

Make inferences while reading text (RL.3.6; RI.3.6)

  • Distinguish different points of view within and across texts

English learner and bilingual footnotes

To assist ELs with reading more complicated texts, use graphic organizers in which students can write one-word responses, draw pictures, or even arrange prepared sentences.