Georgia English Language Arts Standards of Excellence — Grade 3


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ELAGSE3L1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

ELAGSE3L1a

Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences. *

ELAGSE3L1b

Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns

ELAGSE3L1c

Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

ELAGSE3L1d

Form and use regular and irregular verbs

ELAGSE3L1e

Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

ELAGSE3L1f

Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.*

ELAGSE3L1g

Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified

ELAGSE3L1h

Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.*

ELAGSE3L1i

Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences

ELAGSE3L1j

Write legibly in cursive

ELAGSE3L2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

ELAGSE3L2a

Capitalize appropriate words in titles.

ELAGSE3L2b

Use commas in addresses

ELAGSE3L2c

Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

ELAGSE3L2d

Form and use possessives.

ELAGSE3L2e

Use conventional spelling for high-frequency and other studied words and for adding suffixes to base words (e.g., sitting, smiled, cries, happiness).

ELAGSE3L2f

Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words

ELAGSE3L2g

Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

ELAGSE3L3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

ELAGSE3L3a

Choose words and phrases for effect

ELAGSE3L3b

Recognize and observe differences between the conventions of spoken and written Standard English.

ELAGSE3L4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies

ELAGSE3L4a

Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase

ELAGSE3L4b

Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat)

ELAGSE3L4c

Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).

ELAGSE3L4d

Use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

ELAGSE3L5

With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

ELAGSE3L5a

Distinguish the literal and non-literal meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

ELAGSE3L5b

Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe people who are friendly or helpful

ELAGSE3L5c

Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

ELAGSE3L6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific vocabulary, including words and phrases that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

ELAGSE3RF3

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

ELAGSE3RF3a

Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and suffixes.

ELAGSE3RF3b

Decode words with common Latin suffixes.

ELAGSE3RF3c

Decode multi-syllable words

ELAGSE3RF4

Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

ELAGSE3RF4a

Read on-level text with purpose and understanding

ELAGSE3RF4b

Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings

ELAGSE3RF4c

Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

ELAGSE3RF4d

Read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

ELAGSE3RI1

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

ELAGSE3RI10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

ELAGSE3RI2

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

ELAGSE3RI3

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.

ELAGSE3RI4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

ELAGSE3RI5

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

ELAGSE3RI6

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

ELAGSE3RI7

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).

ELAGSE3RI8

Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

ELAGSE3RI9

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

ELAGSE3RL1

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

ELAGSE3RL10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently

ELAGSE3RL2

Recount 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 the text.

ELAGSE3RL3

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

ELAGSE3RL4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases both literal and nonliteral language as they are used in the text.

ELAGSE3RL5

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.

ELAGSE3RL6

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

ELAGSE3RL7

Explain how specific aspects of a texts illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).

ELAGSE3RL8

(Not applicable to literature).

ELAGSE3RL9

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).

ELAGSE3SL1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others ideas and expressing their own clearly

ELAGSE3SL1a

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

ELAGSE3SL1b

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

ELAGSE3SL1c

Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others

ELAGSE3SL1d

Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

ELAGSE3SL2

Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

ELAGSE3SL3

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

ELAGSE3SL4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

ELAGSE3SL5

Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

ELAGSE3SL6

Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 3 Language Standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.)

ELAGSE3W1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

ELAGSE3W10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

ELAGSE3W1a

Introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.

ELAGSE3W1b

Provide reasons that support the opinion

ELAGSE3W1c

Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.

ELAGSE3W1d

Provide a concluding statement or section.

ELAGSE3W2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

ELAGSE3W2a

Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension

ELAGSE3W2b

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details

ELAGSE3W2c

Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

ELAGSE3W2d

Provide a concluding statement or section.

ELAGSE3W3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

ELAGSE3W3a

Establish a situation and introduce a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

ELAGSE3W3b

Use dialogue and descriptions of actions, thoughts, and feelings to develop experiences and events or show the response of characters to situations

ELAGSE3W3c

Use temporal words and phrases to signal event order.

ELAGSE3W3d

Provide a sense of closure.

ELAGSE3W4

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in Standards 1-3 above.)

ELAGSE3W5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language Standards 13 up to and including grade 3.)

ELAGSE3W6

With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

ELAGSE3W7

Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

ELAGSE3W8

Recall information from experience or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories