Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.


  • describe/description
  • characters
  • settings
  • events
  • sequence

  • crisis
  • plot
  • major
  • key details
  • narratives

what's this 
  • Verbally describing characters’ actions and major events supports oral language development, vocabulary acquisition, and speaking and listening standards across grade levels.
  • Being able to visualize and summarize characters’ actions and responses to critical events will support higher levels of comprehension, such as synthesizing information, making inferences, and forming opinions.
  • Focusing on key ideas and details to use in their retelling helps readers begin to discern what is most important and relevant. This can be linked to written and oral summaries in science, social studies, math, and other content areas.
  • Participating in story character and event analysis improves student understanding of narratives and their structure, which helps students learn how to write their own stories.
  • Comparing and contrasting actions and motivations of characters revealed by the author’s words versus those elements that are apparent in illustrations or visual representations would help students integrate and analyze literature and arts.

what's this 
  • How does understanding of story elements, such as characters, actions, and major events, support comprehension of narrative texts?
  • What additional instructional support can be provided for students who struggle to attend to the important elements of text?
  • What strategies can be used to help students describe the characters and events, using key details?


Go to RL.1.3 to see skills mastered prior to this.

Go to RL.3.3 to see the progression of related skills.