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Reading Informational Text Activities

Preview the standards covered within eSpark’s adaptive, self-paced pathways and assignments for Reading Informational Text ELA skills.

Kindergarten

K.RI.1

Ask and Answer Questions

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

K.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

K.RI.3

Make Connections

With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

K.RI.4

Learn New Words

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

K.RI.5

Name the Parts of a Book

Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page of a book.

K.RI.6

Name Authors and Illustrators

Name the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.

K.RI.7

Pictures Help You Read

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts).

K.RI.8

Author's Purpose

With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

K.RI.9

Same and Different

With prompting and support, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

1st Grade

1.RI.1

Answer Questions About Stories

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

1.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

1.RI.3

Make Connections

Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

1.RI.4

Find Meaning of Words

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

1.RI.6

Use Images to Understand a Text

Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

1.RI.7

Use Images To Explain a Text

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

1.RI.8

Identify Author's Purpose

Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

1.RI.9

Compare and Contrast Texts

Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

2nd Grade

2.RI.1

Answer Questions about Texts

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

2.RI.2

Main Topic

Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

2.RI.3

Identify Steps in a Process

Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

2.RI.4

Find the Meaning of New Words

Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

2.RI.5

Nonfiction Text Features

Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

2.RI.6

Purpose of a Text

Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

2.RI.7

Images Add Meaning to Text

Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

2.RI.8

Find Evidence in the Text

Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

2.RI.9

Compare and Contrast Texts

Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

3rd Grade

3.RI.1

Asking and Answering Questions

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

3.RI.2

Main Idea and Key Details

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

3.RI.3

Connecting Story Details

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.

3.RI.4

Context Clues

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

Text Features

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

3.RI.6

Point of View

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

3.RI.7

Use Pictures to Understand Words

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

Logical Connections

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

Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

4th Grade

4.RI.1

Inferences and Conclusions

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

4.RI.2

Main Ideas and Details

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

4.RI.3

Science Texts: Events and Steps

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

4.RI.5

Describing Text Structure

Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

4.RI.6

Compare and Contrast Two Views

Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

4.RI.7

Graphics to Understand a Text

Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

4.RI.8

Developing Arguments

Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

4.RI.9

Be an Expert: Use Multiple Texts

Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

5th Grade

5.RI.1

Quotes and Direct Evidence

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

5.RI.2

Main Idea and Details

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

5.RI.3

Explain Two Related Ideas

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

5.RI.5

Comparing Text Structure

Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

5.RI.7

Using Text Features

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

5.RI.9

Integrate Information

Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

6th Grade

6.RI.1

Textual Evidence

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

6.RI.2

Central Idea of a Text

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

6.RI.3

Development of an Idea or Event

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

6.RI.5

Text Structure

Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

6.RI.6

Persuasive Writing & Author's Argument

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

6.RI.7

Integrate Information

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

6.RI.8

Persuasive Writing & Author's Argument

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

6.RI.9

Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).

7th Grade

7.RI.1

Textual Evidence and Inference

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

7.RI.2

Central Ideas in a Text

Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

7.RI.3

How Ideas Are Related

Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

7.RI.5

Text Structure

Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

7.RI.6

Author's Point of View and Goal

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

7.RI.7

Print vs. Multimedia Text

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

7.RI.8

Compare Texts, Analyze Arguments

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.

7.RI.9

Compare Texts, Analyze Arguments

Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.

8th Grade

8.RI.1

Textual Evidence and Inferencing

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

8.RI.2

Central Idea

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

8.RI.3

Text Development

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

8.RI.4

Word Choice and Meaning

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

8.RI.5

Text Structure

Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.

8.RI.6

Author's Point of View and Goal

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

8.RI.7

Multi-Media and Expository Text

Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

8.RI.8

Understand Conflicting Texts

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

8.RI.9

Understand Conflicting Texts

Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.