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4th Grade ELA Rubric: Reading - Literature


Reading Skill








Key Ideas and Details


Refersto details and examples in a text when explainingwhat the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. ( 1,2,3)


1, 2, 4

Determinesa theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarizesthe text. ( 2,3)


1, 2, 4

Describesin depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions). ( 1,2,3)


1, 3, 4

Craft and Structure


Determinesthe meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean). ( 1,2,3)


2, 3, 4

Explainsmajor differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text. ( 1,2,3)


2, 3, 4

Compares and contraststhe point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations. ( 3)


2, 3, 4

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas


Makes connectionsbetween the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifyingwhere each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text. ( 2,3,4)



Compares and contraststhe treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures including American Indian. ( 3,4)



Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity


By the end of the year, readsand comprehendsliterature and other texts, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, independently with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. ( 1,2) Instructional Reading Levels (Fountas & Pinnell, 2015)


1, 2, 3, 4

Q1: P/Q

Q2: Q

Q3: R

Q4: S/T


Self-select texts for personal enjoyment, interest, and academic tasks.


*Rating Descriptors Operationally Defined:

S+ = Performance consistently exceeds the benchmarks as required for meeting the grade level standard.

S = Performance consistently meets the benchmarks as required for meeting the grade level standard.

S- = Performance is approaching, but not meeting, the benchmarks as required for meeting the grade level standard.

N = Performance shows limited evidence of progress towards meeting the benchmarks as required for meeting the

grade level standard.

X = Not taught/assessed this marking period.

Adapted from: Iowa Core Standards Based Rubrics, Area Education Agency 267