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First Grade Reading Literature Standards Aligned Resources

First Grade ELA Domain: Reading Literature

First graders will continue to explore the world of literature in this domain. Using the knowledge and skills established in their Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculums, students will read new stories, discover meanings of unknown words and phrases, and identify key parts of literary texts, like characters, plots, narrators, and settings. First-grade students will also learn to establish the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts. Here’s a closer look at what students can expect to discover throughout each standard within the First Grade ELA Reading Literature domain:

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Questions About Stories

In this first standard, first-graders will continue to practice asking and answering questions about different stories.

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Retell Stories

Students will be able to retell stories and provide an understanding of key details, messages, and lessons.

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Characters, Plot, and Setting

First-graders will learn to identify and describe different characters, places, and plots.

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Find Feeling Words in Stories

Through stories and poems, first-graders will identify sensory and feelings words.

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Fiction or Non-fiction?

In this standard, students will learn to establish the difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

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Identify Who's Telling the Story

As they expand their reading comprehension, first-graders will learn to identify the narrator(s) of stories.

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Images Help You Read

Students will practice describing characters, places, and events of stories, using images to help along the way.

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Compare and Contrast Characters

Finally, first-graders will continue to compare and contrast key elements of stories, including characters and their experiences.

Get Started with First Grade Reading Literature Learning Resources

Reading Literature is one of four domains included in the First Grade ELA standards. Students can expect to learn how to:

  • Ask and answer questions about ket details in stories
  • Retell stories and demonstrate the understanding of them
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Identify feeling words in stories
  • Understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Identify narrators in a story
  • Use images and illustrations to describe elements of a story
  • Compare and contrast different characters and their experiences

And with the help of eSpark Learning, first-graders can enhance their learning in all of the standards established by the Common Core. That’s because every resource and activity — from instructional videos and read-a-longs to learning songs and games — is aligned to each standard. As a result, teachers feel more confident in their curriculum, and students feel more engaged and excited with each new learning opportunity. Below are some examples of activities and resources that are aligned to each Common Core standard within the Reading Literature domain for First Grade:

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Questions About Stories

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Rama Llama is causing drama! In this fun and free activity, first-graders will engage in a read-a-long about a drama-causing llama! Afterward, teachers can discuss the story with their classroom.

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Retell Stories

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

In this kitschy video story, first-graders will follow along as Howard B. Wigglebottom learns about sportsmanship!

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Characters, Plot, and Setting

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

In one of several standards-aligned activities, students can listen to and answer questions about I’m Not Afraid of Cats, which tells the story of Amara, a young girl who learns to love a cat she was once afraid of.

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Find Feeling Words in Stories

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

It’s time to discover ancient Greek myths! In an engaging read-a-long, students can learn about Pegasus, a magical horse with wings.

Pegasus - An Ancient Greek Myth
A sad boy that is bored doing the same things day after day
A wise man told the boy about a magic horse name Pegasus

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Fiction or Non-fiction?

Recognize a story as fiction.

Anisha is bored because everyone is too busy to play! In an interactive read-aloud story, first-graders will answer questions about the plot and characters.

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Anisha is bored and wants to play
Anisha is bored

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Identify Who's Telling the Story

Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

Through a funny emoji poem, students will learn about Joe the Emoji from his point of view!

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Images Help You Read

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

In one of several instructional videos, students will learn how to pay special attention to illustrations to find out more about a story than the text tells.

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Are you a picture detective?
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Compare and Contrast Characters

Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

It’s storytime! In this read-aloud video, students will engage with Llama Llama Misses Mama, a story about a shy young llama who goes to school for the first time.

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Llama Llama, warm in bed. Wakey, wakey, sleepyhead!
Llama Llama gets dressed, brushes teeth, and eats breakfast

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