LAFS.3.RI.1.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 3
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications
  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: TM , EBSR , MS , ST item(s)

  • Assessment Limits :
    Items may ask the student to use details from the text to explain what the text states explicitly. Items may provide an inference or information to be supported by the student selecting specific textual evidence.
  • Text Types :
    The items assessing this standard may be used with one or more grade-appropriate informational texts. Texts may vary in complexity.
  • Response Mechanisms :

    The Enhanced Item Descriptions section on page 3 provides a list of Response Mechanisms that may be used to assess this standard (excluding the Editing Task Choice item type). The Sample Response Mechanisms may include, but are not limited to, the examples below.

  • Task Demand and Sample Response Mechanisms :

    Task Demand

    Answer questions to demonstrate understanding of the passages by using explicit textual evidence as support. 

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Text

    •  Requires the student to select words, phrases, or sentences from the text to answer a question.
    EBSR
    •  Requires the student to select an inference from the choices and then to select words or phrases from the text to support the inference. 
    Multiselect 
    • Requires the student to select multiple details from the text that provide support for the answer to aquestion. 
    Table Match 
    • Requires the student to complete a by table matching inferences with explicit textual evidence.

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
7713010: Music: K-5 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2019 (course terminated))
5008050: Health - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5010010: English for Speakers of Other Languages-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (course terminated))
5010020: Basic Skills in Reading-K-2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2021, 2021 and beyond (current))
5010030: Functional Basic Skills in Communications-Elementary (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5021050: Social Studies Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
5010044: Language Arts - Grade Three (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7710014: Access Language Arts - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
7721014: Access Social Studies - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
5013090: Music - Intermediate 1 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
5011030: Library Skills/Information Literacy Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022 (current), 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond)
7713035: Access Music Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2018 and beyond (current))
7708030: Access Health Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2020 and beyond (current))
5010103: Introduction to Debate Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2020 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.3.RI.1.AP.1a: Answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
LAFS.3.RI.1.AP.1b: Identify supporting details of an informational text read, read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally.
LAFS.3.RI.1.AP.1c: Ask questions to demonstrate understanding.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Assessments

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Yesterday's Typewriters:

This is a State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Earth Our Home Planet/The Red Planet:

This is a State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - They Wore What?:

This is a State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Chasing Butterflies:

This is a State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Ansel Adams:

This is the State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Beautiful Bats:

This is a State Interim Assessment for third grade.

Type: Assessment

State Interim Assessment for Third Grade - Defense Drives Design:

This is a State Interim Assessment for Third Grade.

Type: Assessment

Lesson Plans

What is Tourette Syndrome?:

This lesson is about a nine-year-old boy s personal experiences living with Tourette syndrome and how he gains the courage to tell his classmates about it. The author is 9-year old Dylan Peters. He provides clear information about Tourette Syndrome in a way that students can easily understand. This lesson plan addresses the following literacy skills: asking and answering questions to demonstrate understanding of a story, referring explicitly to the story as the basis for the answers; distinguishing their own point of view from that of the author of a text; and writing an opinion piece in response to a text-based question.

Type: Lesson Plan

Amazing Dolphins:

In this close reading lesson, students will explore vocabulary, answer text-dependent questions, and identify the key details and main idea of an informational text about dolphins. They will then compare the text, "Dolphins" with the text, "Winter's Tail." The students will write an informative essay to explain the similarities and differences between the two texts.

Type: Lesson Plan

Florida Fish Aquarium Challenge:

This task involves having students look at three different fish tank sizes and determine, using a data list, which fish will fit in these fish tanks based on their size. They will also need to look at other characteristics to determine how to group the fish together. Students will have to either multiply, divide or add repeatedly in order to find different solutions on how to place the fish in each tank size.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Close Reading: Comparing and Contrasting Washington and Lincoln:

In this close reading lesson, students will identify the key details and main idea of two informational texts about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They will then compare and contrast the two presidents using a graphic organizer and write an informative essay to explain the presidents' similarities and differences.

Type: Lesson Plan

"The Most Interesting Animal" Campaign:

Students will analyze the text "Extreme Animals," identifying key details, main ideas, and author's claims. After learning about select animals within the text, students will choose one animal to present as "The Most Interesting Animal." The facts from the text will be used to prepare a campaign poster to advertise why their chosen animal is the most interesting.

Type: Lesson Plan

The Journey of a Tiny Turtle:

In this lesson, students will learn about the life cycle of the loggerhead turtle. They will gather facts about the loggerhead turtle from various texts in order to write an informative piece and create a turtle brochure. The students will use brainstorming, comprehension skills, organizational skills, critical thinking and creativity skills.

Type: Lesson Plan

Mapping My Way Around School:

This is a hands-on lesson about maps where students practice drawing maps and asking and answering questions about maps. Students will love learning about maps, elements of maps, and using maps in this exciting look into directions and locations.

Type: Lesson Plan

What Does Your Garden Grow?:

In this model eliciting activity students use data about the temperature and water requirements of plants to figure out when the plants should be planted. They also use data such as space requirements and time until harvest to make judgments about which plants would best suit the needs of students planning a school garden in Florida.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

I-SPY Something Important:

This lesson is designed to help students identify the main idea and details of a text using the topic of inventions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Our Amazing World – Informational Reading:

Students will use the Book Hottest, Coldest, Highest, Deepest by Steve Jenkins to explore our amazing world. Students will be involved in a series of vocabulary development and review activities to aid in the understanding of an informational text. Students will also practice writing and answering text dependent questions.

Type: Lesson Plan

States of Water- Part 1:

Students will be able to describe water as it changes states through melting and freezing.

Type: Lesson Plan

Non-Fiction with Mammals:

In this lesson, students will learn about mammals using the book Mammals by Melissa Stewart. Through this book, the students will practice identifying and using text features to understand the text, as well as determine key details and main idea. The students will then create a newspaper article about a mammal of their choice using the main ideas, key details, and text features from Mammals.

Type: Lesson Plan

Gravity: A Comprehension Instructional Sequence (CIS) Lesson Plan:

In this lesson tied to Florida Standards for English/Language Arts, students receive support as they read a complex informational text about gravity. The teacher facilitates a close reading and writing a response-to-text. This lesson accompanies the CPALMS Lesson "Stop the Drop - An Engineering Design Challenge."

Type: Lesson Plan

Non-fiction with Reptiles:

In this lesson, the students will identify and use text features to learn about reptiles while reading the book REPTILES by Melissa Stewart. As the students practice identifying and using text features, they will also identify key details in the text. Using the text features and key details, students will work to identify main idea. The students will then create a Reptile Poster using the main ideas, key details, and text features.

Type: Lesson Plan

Spacesuits Unlimited MEA:

In this open-ended problem, students will work in teams to determine a procedure for selecting a company from which to purchase spacesuits. Students will make decisions based on a table that includes company, cost per suit, color, durability, materials, and comfort. Students will determine the price per flight, graph the provided information, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Get to Work! (Using Books about Jobs to Teach Main Idea/Details and Text Features):

This lesson uses an assortment of books about jobs to review main idea, details, and nonfiction text features.

Type: Lesson Plan

Going Batty! (Using Informational Text about Bats to teach Main Idea/Details and Text Features):

This lesson is a good review of main idea and details. It uses informational books about bats in the lesson. Students will use informational text features to help find the main idea and details. They will also use the knowledge of main idea/details and informational text features to complete a simple research sheet and/or book.

Type: Lesson Plan

Using Biographies for Sequencing, Main Idea and Details:

This lesson is a good way to review main idea and details, sequencing, and biographies. It is easy to use as a literacy center after the lesson. Students will read a biography of Amelia Earhart and then create a timeline of the major events of her life using the information in the book. They will also complete a biography report which will help them summarize the important information. Finally, they will use the timeline and report to make a main idea book about the important events in her life. After completing these activities students will choose another biography of a different person and repeat the steps. Students will be exposed to nonfiction text through many different biographies.

Type: Lesson Plan

Explicit Information: Conducting Research:

In this resource, students will create questions about an assigned nonfiction topic, and then use text-based evidence to answer their questions. The teacher modeling and guided practice activities use the text Reptiles by Melissa Stewart. In the independent practice activity, teachers will need to gather multiple books on the same topic for students to conduct research with.

Type: Lesson Plan

Which Do You Prefer? Understanding an Author's use of Text Features in a Non-Fiction Text:

This lesson focuses on helping students identify text features, understand their purpose, and apply this knowledge to understand the non-fiction text Great Migrations Elephants by Laura Marsh (770L) by asking and answering text-based questions.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

Exploring for Details:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to answer questions about informational text and refer explicitly to the text to support your answers.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activities

Comprehension: Read and Respond:

In this activity, students will use multiple reading strategies (predicting, questioning, clarifying, and summarizing) to comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Strategies Game:

In this activity, students will use multiple reading strategies to answer questions and comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Question Creation:

In this activity, students will generate and answer questions while they read to comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Stop and Ask:

In this activity, students will answer teacher-generated questions while reading to comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Answer Know-How:

In this activity, students will identify question types (right there, think and search, author and me, on my own) to comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Agree to Disagree:

In this activity, students will read teacher-generated statements about a text prior to reading the text and agree or disagree based on prior knowledge. Then, students will read the text and confirm or change their initial choice based on text evidence.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: What Do You Know?:

In this activity, students will activate prior knowledge and generate questions about the topic. They will then answer those questions and add what they learn during and after reading grade-appropriate text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Ask and Answer:

In this activity, students will generate and answer questions to comprehend text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Question Quest:

In this activity, students will answer questions while reading teacher-selected text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Comprehension: Strategic Strategies:

In this activity, students will use multiple strategies (e.g., prior knowledge, ask and answer questions, make and confirm predictions, summarize) to comprehend narrative or expository text.

Type: Student Center Activity

Teaching Idea

National Symbols:

This teaching idea from the California Court's "California on My Honor" lesson plan program supports the introduction of national symbols, landmarks and monuments and what they stand for. The teaching idea calls for students to be given the task of developing a flag to represent their classroom.once they begin to understand the abstract representation of symbols.

Type: Teaching Idea

Text Resources

Plants Responding to Different Factors:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the content area. This article is a description of how a plant responds to light, gravity, and heat.

Type: Text Resource

Parts of a Plant:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the content area. This article describes the function of the different parts of a plant.

Type: Text Resource

Can You Read a Tree?:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the content area. The article explains how tree rings are used to determine the Earth's climate many years ago.

Type: Text Resource

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Florida Fish Aquarium Challenge:

This task involves having students look at three different fish tank sizes and determine, using a data list, which fish will fit in these fish tanks based on their size. They will also need to look at other characteristics to determine how to group the fish together. Students will have to either multiply, divide or add repeatedly in order to find different solutions on how to place the fish in each tank size.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Spacesuits Unlimited MEA:

In this open-ended problem, students will work in teams to determine a procedure for selecting a company from which to purchase spacesuits. Students will make decisions based on a table that includes company, cost per suit, color, durability, materials, and comfort. Students will determine the price per flight, graph the provided information, and write a letter to the client providing evidence for their decisions.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

What Does Your Garden Grow?:

In this model eliciting activity students use data about the temperature and water requirements of plants to figure out when the plants should be planted. They also use data such as space requirements and time until harvest to make judgments about which plants would best suit the needs of students planning a school garden in Florida.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades K-5

Exploring for Details:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to answer questions about informational text and refer explicitly to the text to support your answers.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorial

Exploring for Details:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

You will be able to answer questions about informational text and refer explicitly to the text to support your answers.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.