Grade 1 Reading

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This year is a big year for reading. Your student will learn how to read poems and stories as well as describe characters, settings, and major events, using key details. Your student will:

  • read stories;
  • learn to ask questions about key details;
  • retell and summarize stories;
  • recite the central message;
  • describe characters, settings, and major events, using key details from the story
  • learn to identify words and phrases that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses;
  • explain the differences between fiction and nonfiction; and
  • identify the narrator.


  • Can you tell me what happened in the story at the beginning? What happened after that? What happened at the end of the story?
  • Can you tell me where the story took place?
  • Can you tell me the important things that happened in the story?
  • Who are the characters in the story? What do you know about them?
  • Can you find the feeling words in this poem/story?
  • Is this book an informational book or a story book? What in the text leads you to that answer?
  • Who is telling the story in this part of the book?
  • Can you find an illustration or part that shows the main character?
  • Can you find an illustration or part that shows the setting?
  • Can you find an illustration or part that shows the problem in the story?
  • What is the same about the characters in the two stories? What is different?
  • What happened to the characters that is the same? What is different?
  • Did the characters solve the problem in different ways? If so, how?

COMMON CORE EXPECTATIONS Your child should be able to:

  • recite vowels;
  • know many one syllable words;
  • recognize individual sounds of combined letters;
  • begin to break down syllables in two-syllable words;
  • find words and phrases that point to feelings or senses;
  • explain the difference between books that tell a story and books that provide information;
  • identify who is telling the story at different points in the text;
  • point to the book’s illustrations and details to describe characters, setting, or events;
  • compare and contrast adventures and characters;
  • read grade-level prose and poetry;
  • recall key details;
  • identify the main topic;
  • find similarities and differences;
  • describe connections between characters or events and ideas;
  • clarify the meaning of grade-level words;
  • identify and use headings, table of contents, electronic searches, and glossaries to locate key information text;
  • distinguish types of information found in graphics and text;
  • use basic capitalization, periods, and question marks;
  • begin to learn to read and understand informational text;
  • learn to gain meaning through context clues; and
  • begin writing opinion, information paragraphs, and narrative that uses two appropriately sequenced events, some details, and has an introduction plus a conclusion.