ELA Focus Standards

Major Work of First Grade: English Language Arts

Comprehension and collaboration

Champions will participate in collaborative conversation with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small or larger groups.


Champions will retell stories including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Champions will ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Champions will describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.


Champions will identify the main topic and retell key details of the text.

Champions will know various text features to locate key information in a text.

Champions will identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic.

Champions will describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Phonemes/ Phonological Awareness

Champions will demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).

Phonics and Word Recognition

Champions will know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.


Champions will read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


Champions will demonstrate command of conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Champions will write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.

Champions will write informative/ explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide a sense of closure.

Champion will write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.