Grade 3 Reading

Making Good Book Choices

Unit Sketch

In this unit students learn to evaluate the complexity of a variety of texts. They learn that reading with accuracy and fluency support comprehension, and that by implementing strategies, texts become more accessible.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Determining text complexity is an important aspect of growing as a reader.
  • Reading with accuracy and fluency supports comprehension.
  • Context provides clues to the meaning of unknown words and phrases.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Order story elements to retell and understand stories
  • Read with fluency
  • Sustain longer text and more reading time
  • Use strategies to solve unknown parts of text

Studying Characters

Unit Sketch

In this unit students pay close attention to characters and how they are developed in stories. They learn how authors introduce and develop characters and how to analyze characters as readers.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Making connections to what we read helps us understand who we are.
  • Writers make characters come alive using descriptive text.
  • Characters have internal and external traits.
  • Learning about a character's traits helps readers predict the choices a character will make in the book.
  • Characters will change during the course of the story.
  • Authors create text patterns and make word choices that help readers better understand the text.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Listen and respond during a read-aloud from a variety of narrative texts to comprehend and identify main character
  • Identify the main character(s)
  • Make inferences to compare and contrast character traits (i.e. between characters or between character and self)
  • Make predictions and connections (i.e. predictions about what will happen next in a story, connections between characters in fiction and self)

Informational Reading

Unit Sketch

This unit is tied to the Social Studies unit, Children's Rights. Students read to obtain key content information.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Readers obtain key information around a topic by reading nonfiction informational texts.
  • Readers can hold a point of view different from that of the author of a text.
  • Comparing and contrasting texts on the same topic provides readers with a more thorough understanding of the topic.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers
  • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea
  • Describe the relationship between a series of events using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect
  • Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text
  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic

Expository Nonfiction Reading

Unit Sketch

Teaching readers of expository texts to figure out the main idea and supporting details to understand the topic. Students will be able to summarize what they read using the tools of text features.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Students will understand how nonfiction text features contribute to the meaning of the text.
  • Students will understand how the author's purpose in writing nonfiction text is supported by the text features utilized.
  • Students will understand that by synthesizing information, they can identify the main idea and supporting details in the text.
  • Student will understand that asking and answering questions will enhance understanding of the text.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Ask questions related to the text
  • Answer questions to demonstrate understanding of the text
  • Identify text features of non-fiction and explain how those text features support understanding of the text
  • Make connections to texts on the same topic
  • Determine the main ideas
  • Use information gained from illustrations

Graphic Short Stories

Unit Sketch

In this unit students are introduced the the graphic short story. Students learn how words and illustrations work together to help readers understand the story. They discuss author/illustrator choices for conveying specific meaning in the story.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • A graphic short story should have a beginning , middle, and an end.
  • Words and illustrations in graphic stories work together to help readers understand the story.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

Folktales, Fables, and Myths

Unit Sketch

Fables: Sequencing is very important in storytelling; in fact, it’s very important in all writing genres. Having a firm grasp of the importance of good sequencing helps students organize their writing at the planning stage.

Folktales - Often stories of animals that act like humans, and that live in a world of wonder and magic. Most of these stories convey a message or moral to the reader, or explain something in a creative way. Folktales are often passed down and retold from generation to generation.

Myths:A made-up story that explains the existence of a natural phenomenon — such as where thunder comes from or why snow falls from the sky. Myths — which often include gods and goddesses and other supernatural characters who have the power to make extraordinary things happen — are popular even when people know the actual reasons for natural phenomena.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Effective readers make use of a variety of strategies to make sense of key ideas and details presented in text.
  • Sequencing is a important aspect of storytelling.
  • Folktales convey a message or moral to the reader, or explain something in a creative way.
  • Myths explain the existence of a natural phenomenon.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Formulate effective questions about texts
  • Identify the central idea/message of the story
  • Describe characters' actions that cause events to occur
  • Support the central idea with key details from the story