English for Speakers of Other Languages Grade 3 (#5010014) 

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Course Standards

Name Description
ELA.3.C.1.1: Write in cursive all upper- and lowercase letters.
ELA.3.C.1.2: Write personal or fictional narratives using a logical sequence of events, appropriate descriptions, dialogue, a variety of transitional words or phrases, and an ending.
Clarification 1: See Writing Types.
ELA.3.C.1.3: Write opinions about a topic or text, include reasons supported by details from one or more sources, use transitions, and provide a conclusion.
Clarification 1: See Writing Types.
ELA.3.C.1.4: Write expository texts about a topic, using one or more sources, providing an introduction, facts and details, some elaboration, transitions, and a conclusion.
Clarification 1: See Writing Types and Elaborative Techniques.
ELA.3.C.1.5: Improve writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing with guidance and support from adults and feedback from peers.
Clarification 1: As needed refers to the fact that sometimes instruction will focus on a specific skill or part of the process. In those instances, only the applicable activity will be engaged in.
ELA.3.C.2.1: Present information orally, in a logical sequence, using nonverbal cues, appropriate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Clarification 1: Nonverbal cues appropriate to this grade level are posture, tone, and expressive delivery. Clear pronunciation should be interpreted to mean an understanding and application of phonics rules and sight words as well as care taken in delivery. A student’s speech impediment should not be considered as impeding clear pronunciation. This grade level introduces an expectation that the information be presented in a logical sequence. A student may self-correct an error in sequence.

Clarification 2: For further guidance, see the Elementary Oral Communication Rubric.

ELA.3.C.3.1: Follow the rules of standard English grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling appropriate to grade level.
Clarification 1: Skills to be mastered at this grade level are as follows: 
  • Conjugate regular and irregular verb tenses. 
  • Form and use regular and frequently occurring irregular plural nouns. 
  • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs. • Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs. 
  • Form and use irregular plural nouns. 
  • Form and use the progressive and perfect verb tenses. 
  • Use simple modifiers. 
  • Use prepositions and prepositional phrases. 
  • Form and use compound sentences. 
  • Use quotation marks with dialogue and direct quotations. • Use commas to indicate direct address. 
Skills to be implemented but not yet mastered are as follows: 
  • Use subject-verb agreement with intervening clauses and phrases. 
  • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons. 
  • Use conjunctions. 
  • Use principal modals to indicate the mood of a verb. 
  • Use appositives, main clauses, and subordinate clauses. 
Clarification 2: See Convention Progression by Grade Level for more information.
ELA.3.C.4.1: Conduct research to answer a question, organizing information about the topic from multiple sources.
Clarification 1: While the benchmark does require that students consult multiple sources, there is no requirement that they use every source they consult. Part of the skill in researching is discernment—being able to tell which information is relevant and which sources are trustworthy enough to include.
ELA.3.C.5.1: Use two or more multimedia elements to enhance oral or written tasks.
Clarification 1: Multimedia elements may include, but are not limited to, drawings, pictures, artifacts, and audio or digital representation. At this grade level, the elements should relate directly to the presentation. The elements can reinforce or complement the information being shared. There is no expectation that the elements be fully integrated into the presentation.
ELA.3.C.5.2: Use digital writing tools individually or collaboratively to plan, draft, and revise writing.
ELA.3.F.1.3: Use knowledge of grade-level phonics and word-analysis skills to decode words. 
  1. Decode words with common Greek and Latin roots and affixes. (See benchmark 3.V.1.2) 
  2. Decode words with common derivational suffixes and describe how they turn words into different parts of speech. (e.g., -ful, -less, -est).
  3. Decode multisyllabic words.
    Clarification 1: See Common Greek and Latin Roots 3-5 and Affixes

    Clarification 2: See Affixes and the Parts of Speech They Form.

    ELA.3.F.1.4: Read grade-level texts with accuracy, automaticity, and appropriate prosody or expression.
    Clarification 1: See Fluency Norms for grade-level norms. Norms are expressed as words correct per minute (WCPM), a measure that combines accuracy with rate. 
    Clarification 2: Appropriate prosody refers to pausing patterns during oral reading that reflect the punctuation and meaning of a text. See Sample Oral Reading Fluency Rubrics for prosody. 
    Clarification 3: Grade-level texts, for the purposes of fluency, are those within the grade band on quantitative text complexity measures and appropriate in content and qualitative measures.
    ELA.3.R.1.1: Explain how one or more characters develop throughout the plot in a literary text.
    Clarification 1: When explaining character development, students will include character traits, feelings, motivations, and responses to situations.
    ELA.3.R.1.2: Explain a theme and how it develops, using details, in a literary text.
    ELA.3.R.1.3: Explain different characters’ perspectives in a literary text.
    Clarification 1: The term perspective means “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something.” The term point of view is used when referring to the person of the narrator. This is to prevent confusion and conflation.
    ELA.3.R.1.4: Identify types of poems: free verse, rhymed verse, haiku, and limerick.
    Clarification 1: For examples of these forms, see Appendix B.
    ELA.3.R.2.1: Explain how text features contribute to meaning and identify the text structures of chronology, comparison, and cause/effect in texts.
    ELA.3.R.2.2: Identify the central idea and explain how relevant details support that idea in a text.
    ELA.3.R.2.3: Explain the development of an author's purpose in an informational text.
    ELA.3.R.2.4: Identify an author’s claim and explain how an author uses evidence to support the claim.
    ELA.3.R.3.1: Identify and explain metaphors, personification, and hyperbole in text(s).
    Clarification 1: In addition to the types of figurative language listed in this benchmark, students are still working with types from previous grades such as simile, alliteration, and idiom. Other examples can be used in instruction. 

    Clarification 2: See Elementary Figurative Language. 

    ELA.3.R.3.2: Summarize a text to enhance comprehension.
    1. Include plot and theme for a literary text.
    2. Use the central idea and relevant details for an informational text.
      Clarification 1: Most grade-level texts are appropriate for this benchmark.
      ELA.3.R.3.3: Compare and contrast how two authors present information on the same topic or theme.
      ELA.3.V.1.1: Use grade-level academic vocabulary appropriately in speaking and writing.
      Clarification 1: Grade-level academic vocabulary consists of words that are likely to appear across subject areas for the current grade level and beyond, vital to comprehension, critical for academic discussions and writing, and usually require explicit instruction.
      ELA.3.V.1.2: Identify and apply knowledge of common Greek and Latin roots, base words, and affixes to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in grade-level content.
      Clarification 1: See Common Greek and Latin Roots 3-5 and Affixes.
      ELA.3.V.1.3: Use context clues, figurative language, word relationships, reference materials, and/or background knowledge to determine the meaning of multiple-meaning and unknown words and phrases, appropriate to grade level.
      Clarification 1: Instruction for this benchmark should include text read-alouds and think-alouds aimed at building and activating background knowledge. Review of words learned in this way is critical to building background knowledge and related vocabulary. Texts read aloud can be two grade levels higher than student reading level. 
      Clarification 2: See Context Clues and Word Relationships.

      Clarification 3: See ELA.3.R.3.1 and Elementary Figurative Language.

      ELA.K12.EE.1.1: Cite evidence to explain and justify reasoning.
      K-1 Students include textual evidence in their oral communication with guidance and support from adults. The evidence can consist of details from the text without naming the text. During 1st grade, students learn how to incorporate the evidence in their writing.

      2-3 Students include relevant textual evidence in their written and oral communication. Students should name the text when they refer to it. In 3rd grade, students should use a combination of direct and indirect citations.

      4-5 Students continue with previous skills and reference comments made by speakers and peers. Students cite texts that they’ve directly quoted, paraphrased, or used for information. When writing, students will use the form of citation dictated by the instructor or the style guide referenced by the instructor. 

      6-8 Students continue with previous skills and use a style guide to create a proper citation.

      9-12 Students continue with previous skills and should be aware of existing style guides and the ways in which they differ.

      ELA.K12.EE.2.1: Read and comprehend grade-level complex texts proficiently.
      See Text Complexity for grade-level complexity bands and a text complexity rubric.
      ELA.K12.EE.3.1: Make inferences to support comprehension.
      Students will make inferences before the words infer or inference are introduced. Kindergarten students will answer questions like “Why is the girl smiling?” or make predictions about what will happen based on the title page. Students will use the terms and apply them in 2nd grade and beyond.
      ELA.K12.EE.4.1: Use appropriate collaborative techniques and active listening skills when engaging in discussions in a variety of situations.
      In kindergarten, students learn to listen to one another respectfully.

      In grades 1-2, students build upon these skills by justifying what they are thinking. For example: “I think ________ because _______.” The collaborative conversations are becoming academic conversations.

      In grades 3-12, students engage in academic conversations discussing claims and justifying their reasoning, refining and applying skills. Students build on ideas, propel the conversation, and support claims and counterclaims with evidence.

      ELA.K12.EE.5.1: Use the accepted rules governing a specific format to create quality work.
      Students will incorporate skills learned into work products to produce quality work. For students to incorporate these skills appropriately, they must receive instruction. A 3rd grade student creating a poster board display must have instruction in how to effectively present information to do quality work.
      ELA.K12.EE.6.1: Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
      In kindergarten and 1st grade, students learn the difference between formal and informal language. For example, the way we talk to our friends differs from the way we speak to adults. In 2nd grade and beyond, students practice appropriate social and academic language to discuss texts.
      ELD.K12.ELL.LA.1: English language learners communicate information, ideas and concepts necessary for academic success in the content area of Language Arts.
      ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1: English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.

      General Course Information and Notes


      This course supports English Language Learners' acquisition of English in order to learn and to read, write, and speak in English, including the use of appropriate forms of English for different purposes, the importance of culture in various communicative modes, and the importance of active oral language participation within the classroom setting. 

      This course defines what students should understand and be able to do by the end of 3rd grade. The standards emphasize explicit, systematic phonics instruction as the foundation of literacy. Decoding and fluency are essential to creating proficient readers.  Knowledge acquisition should be the primary purpose of any reading approach as systematic building of a wide range of knowledge across domains is a prerequisite to higher literacy. 

      The benchmarks in this course are mastery goals that students are expected to attain by the end of the year. To build mastery, students will continue to review and apply earlier grade-level benchmarks and expectations. 


      English Language Arts is not a discrete set of skills, but a rich discipline with meaningful, significant content, the knowledge of which helps all students actively and fully participate in our society.

      Standards should not stand alone as a separate focus for instruction, but should be combined purposefully.

      The texts students read should be meaningful and thought-provoking, preparing them to be informed, civic-minded members of their community.

      Curricular content for all subjects must integrate critical-thinking, problem-solving, and workforce-literacy skills; communication, reading, and writing skills; mathematics skills; collaboration skills; contextual and applied-learning skills; technology-literacy skills; information and media-literacy skills; and civic-engagement skills.

      English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:

      Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:  https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/la.pdf  


      Build background knowledge in K-5 with a balance of approximately 50% informational texts and 50% literary texts.

      Approximately one-third of the titles from the 3rd Grade Sample Book List should be used in instruction.


      As well as the certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

      Any World Language certification plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement.

      General Information

      Course Number: 5010014 Course Path: Section: Grades PreK to 12 Education Courses > Grade Group: Grades PreK to 5 Education Courses > Subject: English/Language Arts > SubSubject: General >
      Abbreviated Title: ESOL GRADE 3
      Course Attributes:
      • Class Size Core Required
      • Florida Standards Course
      • Core Course
      Course Status: Course Approved
      Grade Level(s): 3

      Educator Certifications

      Elementary Education (Grades K-6) Plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
      Elementary Education (Elementary Grades 1-6) Plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
      Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 through Grade 3) Plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
      English Speakers of Other Languages (Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12)
      Primary Education (K-3) Plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
      English (Elementary Grades 1-6) Plus English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement

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