Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.


  • illustrations
  • details
  • describe
  • ideas

  • identify
  • discuss
  • use

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  • The ability to use illustrations and other art (such as graphs, photos, timelines) support the ability of children to understand content area texts of increasing complexity.
  • Identifying details supports children’s ability to analyze events in expository reading.
  • Identifying main ideas and details supports the ability to summarize what is read
  • Being able to identify and describe key or main ideas is essential to discussion of information in content area texts as well as writing in response to reading.
  • Interactive reading strategies, such as a collective analysis of a particular illustration or a discussion of details, engage readers for deeper understanding of the text.
  • In order to use illustrations and details in a text to describe key ideas, students have acquired an academic vocabulary which includes the following terms: illustrations, maps, photos, timelines, text, details, key ideas, and text.
  • To meet this standard, students demonstrate they are able to examine illustrations in an informational text and record or discuss details they believe are provided in the illustrations about the text.
  • After students identify key ideas in text read or listened to, they use illustrations and specific print information about details to describe key ideas in the text. (For example, students use the illustrations along with textual details in Wendy Pfeffer’s From Seed to Pumpkin to describe the key idea of how a pumpkin grows.)
  • Students who are able to use illustrations and details in text to describe key ideas can begin to identify similarities and differences between illustrations and print details.
  • Given a key idea in a text, students can find and describe evidence in illustrations and in print that describes the key idea.

  • What role does academic vocabulary play in supporting students to use illustrations and print details to support key ideas in text?
  • Why is it important for students to be able to use illustrations and print details to support details?
  • What skills or knowledge must students possess in order identify key ideas?
  • What skills or knowledge must students possess to be able to use illustrations and/or details to describe those key ideas?
  • How do illustrations contribute to understanding a particular piece of text?
  • How does an author use details to help the reader grasp the key ideas about a topic?
  • How will mastery of this standard be assessed? What will students know and be able to do?

Go to RI.K.7 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to RI.2.7 to see the progression of related skills.