ELA-03 Targeted Standards
(RI) Strand: Reading Information
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details.

ELA-03.RI.02 Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can define main idea (who or what a text is mostly about)
  • I can recount/retell (put into my own words) the key details of an informational (non-fiction) text

Reasoning Targets

  • I can determine the main idea of a text 
  • I can identify key details in a text and explain how they support the main idea

Rubric/Proficiency Scale

Score   Description Sample Activity

The student is able to summarize the text including important, specific details including key vocabulary and main ideas supported by specific text evidence from a text at the beginning fluent reading stage.

  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.

The student states a main ideas and explains how it is supported by the key details from a text at the end of the transitional reading stage.

  2.5 No major errors or emissions regarding 2.0 content and partial knowledge of the 3.0 content.

The student states a main idea and supports it with some detail, although the details may not directly support the stated main idea.

  1.5 In addition to 1.0 content,student has partial knowledge of the 2.0 content.

The student can identify the main topic of a text and retell some of the important key details from events in the text.

  0.5 Limited or no understanding of the skill is demonstrated.




  • Main idea
  • Retell/recount
  • Key details
  • Summary
  • Topic


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