Kindergarten Comp Skills

Thinking Within the Text

Thinking Beyond the Text

Thinking About the Text

  • Acquire understanding of new words from context
  • Use new words in discussion of a text
  • Follow the events of a plot an remember them after reading
  • Pick up important information and remember to use it in discussion
  • Tell a summary of the text after reading
  • Understand the meaning of the words during reading
  • Talk about characters, problems and events in a story
  • Notice and derive information from pictures


  • Bring background knowledge to understanding characters and their problems
  • Predict what will happen next
  • Make connections between texts and their won life experiences
  • Make connections between new texts and previously read texts
  • Make predictions about what a character is likely to do
  • Infer characters’ intentions or feelings
  • Interpret the illustrations
  • Use details from illustrations to support points in discussion
  • Recognize interesting new information and add it to their understanding
  • Give reasons to support thinking
  • Notice and understand texts that are based on established sequences such as numbers, days of the week, months, seasons
  • Recognize and identify some aspects of text structure, such as beginning and ending
  • Understand that the author wrote the book
  • Understand that an artist illustrated the book
  • Notice words that the writer has used to make the story content understanding
  • Recognize some authors by the style of their illustrations, their topics, or the characters they use
  • Have some favorite writers or illustrators
  • Have opinions about texts and state the basis for opinions
  • Notice how texts are different from each other (fiction vs. nonfiction)
  • Check the information in the text against own experiences
  • Compare different versions of the same story, rhyme or traditional tale
  • Use specific vocabulary to talk about text: author, illustrator, cover, wordless picture book, information book, picture book, character, problem

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