Reading Lab #1: Comprehension (Gr. 3-5)

Updated: Oct 4

Objective: Students will be able to identify important details within a text and discern which are necessary to include in order to develop an effective, succinct summary of a work.

Essential Questions:

  1. How do details help you understand the meaning of the passage?

  2. How can writing a summary help us determine if we understand the text?

  3. What can readers do if they don’t understand a text?

Enduring Understandings:

  1. Details like who the text is about, what is happening, how it’s happening, why it’s happening, and when it’s happening can help a reader to understand the meaning of a passage.

  2. Strategies, like writing summaries, are important because they can help readers to determine if they’ve understood the text.

  3. When readers don’t understand the text, they engage in problem solving strategies like rereading and using annotations.


Grade 3:


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

Grade 4:


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

Grade 5:


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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