ELA - Informational Texts

Arizona’s English Language Arts Standards – 3rd Grade

Reading Standards for Informational Text


Key Ideas and Details

  • 3.RI.1  Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • 3.RI.2  Determine the main idea of a text; recount and paraphrase the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • 3.RI.3  Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Craft and Structure

  • 3.RI.4  Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
  • 3.RI.5  Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
  • 3.RI.6  Distinguish one's own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • 3.RI.7  Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • 3.RI.8  Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
  • 3.RI.9  Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • 3.RI.10  By the end of the year, proficiently and independently read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in a text complexity range determined by qualitative and quantitative measures appropriate to grade 3.