1st Grade Comp Skills

Thinking Within the Text

Thinking Beyond the Text

Thinking About the Text

  • Follow the events of a plot with multiple events
  • Follow plots that have particular patterns, such as accumulation or circular structure
  • Pick up important information and remember to use it in discussion
  • Tell a summary of the text after reading
  • Talk about interesting and new information in a text
  • Understand the problem in a story
  • Understand when and why the problem is solved
  • Recognize characters and report important details after reading
  • Notice and derive information from pictures
  • Derive meaning of new words from context
  • Provide specific examples and evidence from the text to support thinking
  • Use details from illustrations to support points made in discussion


  • Bring background knowledge to understanding characters and their problems
  • Bring background knowledge to understanding the content of a text
  • Make connections between texts and their own life experiences
  • Predict what will happen next
  • Predict what will happen after the end
  • Make predictions about what the character is likely to do
  • Use evidence from the text to support predictions (I think…because)
  • Infer characters’ intentions or feelings
  • Interpret the illustrations
  • Discuss specific examples from the text to support to justify the ideas they are expressing
  • Make connections between familiar texts and discuss similarities and differences


  • Notice and understand texts that are based on sequences such as numbers, days of the week, months, seasons
  • Recognize and identify some aspects of text structure such as beginning, events in sequential order and ending
  • Understand that the author wrote the book and an artist illustrated the book
  • Discuss the characteristics of the work of authors and illustrators
  • Notice words that the writer has used to make the story or content interesting
  • Have opinions about texts and state the basis for opinions
  • Understand fiction as stories that are not real and nonfiction as texts that provide real information
  • Understand realistic fiction as stories that could be real and fantasy as stories that could not be real
  • Compare different versions of the same story, rhyme or traditional tale
  • Use specific vocabulary to talk about texts: author, illustrator, cover, wordless picture book, picture book, character, problem, solution, information book, nonfiction, fiction

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