3rd Grade Literature

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Course Summary

In third-grade literature, scholars explore the overarching themes of courage and friendship by reading a variety of culturally relevant and diverse texts. Over the course of the year, scholars will explore what it means to be a true friend, how friendships evolve and strengthen through conflict, and the ways in which friendships can influence our actions. Scholars will also grapple with what it means to show courage, what types of situations call for courage, and how an act of courage can affect others. In the second half of the year, scholars will also begin to explore how racist behavior can influence an entire community and how acts of courage and friendship can help a community come together. It is our hope that this course, in connection with others, will help scholars develop empathy and respect for people whose background, actions, and beliefs may be different from their own.

At Match Elementary School, we structure our 70- to 90-minute fiction block so that over the course of a week scholars have a chance to grapple with the text and themes of the unit in multiple ways. We aim to ensure that scholars spend the majority of class time deeply engaged with the text, either individually or as a class, annotating, writing, and discussing key themes and questions. Target tasks are a central part of each daily lesson and offer opportunities for writing and discussion that both deepen students’ understanding of the content and build their writing and discussion skills. These writing target tasks and the longer more focused writing tasks embedded in the units are the primary basis for writing instruction at Match; students do not have a separate writing block. Starting with unit 2, students also begin daily practice with answering multiple-choice questions that require deep consideration and analysis of the texts and themes.

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English Language Arts at Match

At Match Education we have ambitious goals for our ELA program. Through our teaching, we strive to transform our scholars into critical readers, writers, and thinkers, and we seek to widen our students’ perspectives and deepen their character so that they can better understand themselves and the world around them.

Our ELA curriculum is designed around several core beliefs about how students learn best. These beliefs drive the decisions we make about what to teach and how to teach it.

  1. Text First vs. Skills First: We believe in the power of rich and nuanced texts to spark students’ thinking.

  2. Content Selection: We believe selected texts must both affirm our scholars’ cultures and expose them to great literature.

  3. Writing Instruction: We believe writing instruction should teach scholars to construct and convey persuasive arguments, and express their own voices.

  4. Discussion: We believe discussion is a powerful tool for testing ideas out and strengthening thinking.

  5. Word Knowledge: We believe in the importance of building word knowledge through both explicit instruction and exposure to content knowledge.

  6. Lifelong Learning: We believe that teachers should cultivate voracious, inquisitive readers, writers, and thinkers.


For more information, view our full English Language Arts Program Overview.