The Penn-Delco School District’s Language Arts Curriculum is based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.  These standards are the framework for teaching all subjects and all grade levels.

    A.   Students in Grade 3 who meet reading standards are able to:

    §  Preview text formats before reading (title, headings, and illustrations) to help set purpose for reading.

    §  Use knowledge of phonics, word analysis strategies, and context clues to decode and help with the understanding of new words during reading.

    §  Read text using self-monitoring comprehension strategies: revise predictions, self-question, reread and adjust reading rate.

    §  Understand the meaning of and use vocabulary correctly in all curriculum areas.

    §  Demonstrate understanding after reading fiction and nonfiction text by: responding to related questions, citing evidence from text, and summarizing.

    §  Identify literary elements in a story: characters, setting problem, events, and solution.

    §  Read familiar passages aloud fluently and with appropriate rate.


    B.   Students in Grade 3 who meet writing standards are able to:

    §  Write narrative pieces that include characters, setting, and events.

    §  Write an informational piece with content appropriate for the topic consisting of a series of related sentences or paragraphs.

    §  Write an opinion and support with appropriate reasons.

    §  Write with organization showing logical order to include a beginning, middle, and end.

    §  Revise writing to improve focus, content, style, and organization.

    §  Edit writing to apply spelling strategies, capitalization, and end marks.


    C.   Students in Grade 3 who meet speaking and listening standards are able to:

    §  Listen to others and ask related questions to clarify meaning and understanding.

    §  Listen to a selection of literature and respond appropriately, predict what will happen next, and retell the story.

    §  Speak using appropriate volume and pace and pronounce words correctly.

    §  Contribute to discussions by asking relevant questions, respond with appropriate information, listen to others, and acknowledge the contributions of others.

    §  Participate in small and large group discussions.


                For a complete copy of academic standards go to www.pde.state.us.
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