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English Language Arts Standards » Kindergarten-Grade 12 » Reading: Literature » Grade 1


The following standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Standards in this domain:

Key Ideas and Details

  • RL.1.1. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
  • RL.1.2. Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • RL.1.3. Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • IA.1. Employ the full range of research-based comprehension strategies, including making connections, determining importance, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, summarizing, and monitoring for comprehension.

Craft and Structure

  • RL.1.4. Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
  • RL.1.5. Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
  • RL.1.6. Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • RL.1.7. Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • RL.1.8. (Not applicable to literature)
  • RL.1.9. Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • RL.1.10. With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 1:22pm.