ELA Reading Literature Strand Logo 4th Grade (ELA) Targeted Standard
(RL) Strand: Reading Literature/Fiction
Cluster: Key Ideas and Details

ELA-04.RL.01 Refer to details and examples using textual evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text; summarize the text.

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • I can define what a detail is (a particular fact of piece of information).
  • I can define the word inference (drawing a conclusion from what the author tells me and my own background knowledge).
  • I can define summary (a shortened version of the text that states the key points).

Reasoning Targets.

  • I can define inference and explain how a reader uses details and examples from a text to reach a logical conclusion.
  • I can define reading strategies that help me understand the text I am reading.
  • I can determine what the key points of a text are.

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • I can re-read text to find evidence to support my answers.
  • I can read closely and find answers that are right there in the text.
  • I can analyze an author's words and refer to details and examples in the text when answering questions about the text.
  • I can summarize the important (key) points of the text.

Proficiency Scale

The student can ...
1 Beginning
... with help, demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... retell the story, providing important information, but does not provide the important details about the characters, setting or plot.
2 Developing
... demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... summarize the important information to show understanding of how the setting or other details are important to the plot and the character's perspective.
  • recognize or recall specific terminology, such as:
    • inference, text evidence, summarize, plot, setting, details, theme, cite
  • perform basic processes, such as:
    • answer inferential questions about the text and support those answers with evidence from the text
    • partially summarize text
3 Proficient
“The Standard.”
... demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... use specific text evidence when summarizing a text and makes reference to his/her own feelings or connections to specific events in a story, supporting all inferences with evidence from a text at the beginning fluent reading stage.
  • cite text evidence when explaining what the text explicitly says
  • summarize when drawing inferences from the text
4 Advanced
... demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
... infer and describe character traits, feelings and motivations from the dialogue of all characters in a summary of a text at the middle fluent reading stage.
Teacher Proficiency Scale



  • Inference
  • Evidence
  • Literary Example
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Summarize
  • Details

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