Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Nonfiction Writing for the Common Core Grade 3

Nonfiction Writing for the Common Core Grade 3

English Language Arts

Strand - Reading Standards: Literature, Grade 3

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Activity Pages
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Respond to Reading 134-138

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RL.3.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Activity Pages
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Characters Respond 126-130
Respond to Reading 134-138

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

Activity Pages
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Respond to Reading 134-138

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from non-literal language.

Activity Pages
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Descriptive Details 119-123
Characters Respond 126-130

Craft and Structure

ELA.RL.3.5: Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

Activity Pages
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Ending Your Story 131-133

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 3

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Activity Pages
What Is an Opinion Piece? 26-29
A Basic Argument 30-35
Introduce the Topic 36-38
Examine a Topic 66-68
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.3.2: Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Activity Pages
Create an Organized Structure 43-48
Support Your Opinion 49-52
My Own Opinion 57-61
Examine a Topic 66-68
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Writing a Conclusion 101-103

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.3.5: Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

Activity Pages
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Include Illustrations 94-100

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.3.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

Activity Pages
Develop Your Topic 78-83

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.

Activity Pages
What Is an Opinion Piece? 26-29
A Basic Argument 30-35
Introduce the Topic 36-38
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Writing a Conclusion 101-103

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.8: Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text(e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

Activity Pages
Introduce the Topic 36-38
Create an Organized Structure 43-48
Support Your Opinion 49-52
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Activity Pages
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Include Illustrations 94-100

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.3.9: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Activity Pages
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Descriptive Details 119-123

Strand - Writing Standards, Grade 3

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.3.1: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

Activity Pages
What Is an Opinion Piece? 26-29
State an Opinion 39-42
Create an Organized Structure 43-48
Support Your Opinion 49-52
My Own Opinion 57-61

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

Activity Pages
Examine a Topic 66-68
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Writing a Conclusion 101-103
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
Descriptive Details 119-123

Text Types and Purposes

ELA.W.3.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Activity Pages
Remembering Experiences 113-115
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Descriptive Details 119-123
Tell Your Story 124-125
Characters Respond 126-130
Ending Your Story 131-133
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.3.4: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

Activity Pages
Create an Organized Structure 43-48
My Own Opinion 57-61
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Tell Your Story 124-125
Ending Your Story 131-133
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.3.6: With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Activity Pages
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Tell Your Story 124-125
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Production and Distribution of Writing

ELA.W.3.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 3)

Activity Pages
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Characters Respond 126-130
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.3.8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Activity Pages
Examine a Topic 66-68
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Tell Your Story 124-125

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

ELA.W.3.7: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

Activity Pages
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106

Range of Writing

ELA.W.3.10: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Activity Pages
Writing a Conclusion 101-103
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Strand - Speaking and Listening Standards, Grade 3

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.3.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Activity Pages
What Is an Opinion Piece? 26-29
Introduce the Topic 36-38
Support Your Opinion 49-52
My Own Opinion 57-61
Examine a Topic 66-68
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Writing a Conclusion 101-103
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Descriptive Details 119-123
Tell Your Story 124-125
Ending Your Story 131-133
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.3.3: Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.

Activity Pages
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Descriptive Details 119-123
Tell Your Story 124-125
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Comprehension and Collaboration

ELA.SL.3.2: Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Activity Pages
Include Illustrations 94-100
Respond to Reading 134-138

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.3.6: Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

Activity Pages
My Own Opinion 57-61
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
What Is Narrative Writing? 111-112
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Descriptive Details 119-123
Tell Your Story 124-125
Ending Your Story 131-133
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.3.4: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

Activity Pages
Include Illustrations 94-100
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Tell Your Story 124-125
Characters Respond 126-130
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.SL.3.5: Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

Activity Pages
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Tell Your Story 124-125
Characters Respond 126-130
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Strand - Language Standards, Grade 3

Conventions of Standard English

ELA.L.3.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Activity Pages
My Own Opinion 57-61
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Knowledge of Language

ELA.L.3.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Activity Pages
Create an Organized Structure 43-48
My Own Opinion 57-61
Examine a Topic 66-68
Introduce Your Topic 74-77
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Tell Your Story 124-125
Characters Respond 126-130
Ending Your Story 131-133
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.3.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Activity Pages
Sample Lesson: The Language of Writing 17-20
What Is an Opinion Piece? 26-29
Introduce the Topic 36-38
Examine a Topic 66-68
Develop Your Topic 78-83
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Characters Respond 126-130

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.3.6: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships (e.g., After dinner that night we went looking for them).

Activity Pages
Sample Lesson: The Language of Writing 17-20
My Own Opinion 57-61
Gather Information and Take Notes 69-73
Writing an Informative Piece 84-93
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Write an Explanatory Essay 107-109
Descriptive Details 119-123
Characters Respond 126-130
Ending Your Story 131-133
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

ELA.L.3.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

Activity Pages
Introduce the Topic 36-38
My Own Opinion 57-61
Include Illustrations 94-100
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Descriptive Details 119-123
Ending Your Story 131-133
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

Strand - English Language Arts, Grade 3

English Language Arts Standards for Grade 3

ELA.L.3: Language Standards

Activity Pages
My Own Opinion 57-61
Write an Informative Essay 104-106
Organize Event Sequence 116-118
Descriptive Details 119-123
Characters Respond 126-130
Respond to Reading 134-138
Personal Experience Narrative 139-140

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