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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Response skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student responds to an increasingly challenging variety of sources that are read, heard, or viewed.

Ask students to complete a reading response sheet or graphic organizer. Students can either draw or write responses.

Teacher prompts to elicit interactions with a text:

  • Do you like text? Why or why not?
  • Draw your favorite part of the story.
  • Draw your favorite character.
  • What was the funniest part of the text?
  • Draw something that you read in the text.
  • Write about how changing the setting could change the text.
  • Draw a new character that could fit in the text.


  • This SE is less about the quality of the work but instead about students interacting with text in a meaningful way. If students are able to express what they are writing or drawing in a legible manner and show enthusiasm for responding to the text, they have met this SE.
  • If students require guidance on expectations for work, a quality rubric could be used to encourage meaningful responses instead of impulsive responses, but that rubric would not be an assessment of this SE specifically. Rather, it would be an assessment of quality
furnishing with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, clarification, or adornment
Meaningful ways are intended to provide students with opportunities to interact with a source in a way that is authentically engaging and exciting. In first grade, this may involve allowing the students to draw or write about what the text made them think about in a journal (free choice) or multiple students collaborating to create something in response to a text that includes reading and writing. It is not asking the students to complete a worksheet or routine task that the teacher determined necessary.
any communication medium, such as a book, a person, or an electronic device, that supplies information