ELA - Literature

Arizona’s English Language Arts Standards – 3rd Grade

Reading Standards for Literature


Key Ideas and Details

  • 3.RL.1  Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • 3.RL.2  Recount and paraphrase stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in text.
  • 3.RL.3  Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Craft and Structure

  • 3.RL.4  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
  • 3.RL.5  Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
  • 3.RL.6  Distinguish one's own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  • 3.RL.7  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).
  • 3.RL.8  (Not applicable to literature)
  • 3.RL.9  Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

  • 3.RL.10  By the end of the year, proficiently and independently read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in a text complexity range determined by qualitative and quantitative measures appropriate to grade 3.