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Grade 3 Listening Goals

English Language Arts
Core Curriculum


Literacy Competencies

The listening competencies common to all four ELA standards that students are developing during grade 3 are:



• Listen attentively to books read aloud

• Listen attentively for different purposes

• Listen respectfully, without interrupting, when others speak

• Attend to a listening activity for a specified period of time


Grade-Specific performance indicators

The grade-specific performance indicators that grade 3 students demonstrate as they learn to listen include:


Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

• Acquire information and/or understand procedures

• Identify essential details

• Determine a sequence of steps given

• Identify main ideas and supporting details

• Identify a conclusion that summarizes the main idea, with assistance

• Interpret information by drawing upon prior knowledge and experience

• Collect information

Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.

• Identify elements of character, plot, and setting to understand the author’s message or intent

• Connect literary texts to personal experiences and previously encountered texts to enhance understanding and appreciation

• Identify the author’s use of rhythm, repetition, and rhyme

• Use note taking and graphic organizers to record and organize information and ideas recalled from stories read aloud

Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.

• Form a personal opinion about the quality of texts read aloud on the basis of criteria such as characters, plot, and setting

• Recognize the perspective of others, with assistance

• Distinguish between fact and opinion

Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.

• Respect the age, gender, position, and culture of the speaker

• Get to know the writer through friendly notes, cards, longer letters, and personal narratives read aloud to classmates and fellow listeners

• Identify the tone of voice and content that signal friendly communication