Tested Essential Elements for English Language Arts (ELA)

NOTE: The documents below detail the Essential Elements being tested. For a comprehensive list of all Essential Elements currently part of the Dynamic Learning Maps® learning map model, see Essential Elements for English Language Arts.

NOTE: Essential Elements marked with a gray flag (gray flag) are not assessed in Year End states.

Grade 3: Essential Elements Assessed

EE.RL.3.1 Answer who and what questions to demonstrate understanding of details in a text.

gray flagEE.RL.3.2 Associate details with events in stories from diverse cultures.

EE.RL.3.3 Identify the feelings of characters in a story.

gray flagEE.RL.3.5 Determine the beginning, middle, and end of a familiar story with a logical order.

gray flagEE.RI.3.1 Answer who and what questions to demonstrate understanding of details in a text.

EE.RI.3.2 Identify details in a text.

EE.RI.3.3 Order two events from a text as "first" and "next".

gray flagEE.RI.3.5 With guidance and support, use text features including headings and key words to locate information in a text.

EE.RL.3.4 Determine words and phrases that complete literal sentences in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.3.4 Determine words and phrases that complete literal sentences in a text.

EE.RI.3.8 Identify two related points the author makes in an informational text.

gray flagEE.L.3.5.a Determine the literal meaning of words and phrases in context.

EE.L.3.5.c Identify words that describe personal emotional states.

EE.RL.3.9 Identify common elements in two stories in a series.

gray flagEE.RI.3.9 Identify similarities between two texts on the same topic.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.W.3.2.a Select a topic and write about it including one fact or detail.

EE.W.3.4 With guidance and support produce writing that expresses more than one idea.

All grade 3 ELA EEs in one pdf

Grade 4: Essential Elements Assessed

gray flagEE.RL.4.1 Use details from the text to recount what the text says.

gray flagEE.RL.4.3 Use details from the text to describe characters in the story.

EE.RL.4.5 Identify elements that are characteristic of stories.

EE.RI.4.1 Identify explicit details in an informational text.

gray flagEE.RI.4.2 Identify the main idea of a text when it is explicitly stated.

gray flagEE.RI.4.3 Identify an explicit detail that is related to an individual, event or idea in a historical, scientific, or technical text.

EE.RI.4.5 Identify elements that are characteristic of informational texts.

EE.RL.4.2 Identify the theme or central idea of a familiar story, drama or poem.

gray flagEE.RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words in a text.

EE.RL.4.6 Identify the narrator of a story.

EE.RI.4.4 Determine meaning of words in text.

gray flagEE.RI.4.8 Identify one or more reasons supporting a specific point in an informational text.

EE.L.4.5.c Demonstrate an understanding of opposites.

EE.RI.4.9 Compare details presented in two texts on the same topic.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.L.4.2.a Capitalize the first word in a sentence.

EE.L.4.2.d Spell words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of letter-sound relationships, and/or common spelling patterns.

EE.W.4.2.b List words, facts, or details related to the topic.

All grade 4 ELA EEs in one pdf

Grade 5: Essential Elements Assessed

EE.RL.5.1 Identify words in the text to answer a question about explicit information.

gray flagEE.RI.5.1 Identify words in the text to answer a question about explicit information.

gray flagEE.RI.5.5 Determine if a text tells about events, gives directions, or provides information on a topic.

gray flaggray flagEE.RI.5.7 Locate information in print or digital sources.

gray flagEE.RL.5.2 Identify the central idea or theme of a story, drama or poem.

gray flagEE.RL.5.4 Determine the intended meaning of multi-meaning words in a text.

EE.RL.5.6 Determine the point of view of the narrator.

EE.RI.5.2 Identify the main idea of a text when it is not explicitly stated.

EE.RI.5.4 Determine the meanings of domain-specific words and phrases.

EE.RI.5.8 Identify the relationship between a specific point and supporting reasons in an informational text.

EE.L.5.4.a Use sentence level context to determine which word is missing from a content area text.

gray flagEE.L.5.5.c Demonstrate understanding of words that have similar meanings.

gray flagEE.RL.5.3 Compare two characters in a familiar story.

gray flagEE.RL.5.5 Identify story element that undergoes change from beginning to end.

EE.RL.5.9 Compare stories, myths, or texts with similar topics or themes.

EE.RI.5.3 Compare two individuals, events or ideas in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.5.9 Compare and contrast details gained from two texts on the same topic.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.W.5.2.b Provide facts, details, or other information related to the topic.

EE.W.5.2.a Introduce a topic and write to convey information about it including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

All grade 5 ELA EEs in one pdf

Grade 6: Essential Elements Assessed

EE.RI.6.5 Determine how the title fits the structure of the text.

gray flagEE.RL.6.1 Determine what a text says explicitly as well as what simple inferences must be drawn.

EE.RL.6.2 Identify details in a text that are related to the theme or central idea.

EE.RL.6.4 Determine how word choice changes the meaning in a text.

gray flagEE.RL.6.6 Identify words or phrases in the text that describe or show what the narrator or speaker is thinking or feeling.

EE.RI.6.1 Analyze a text to determine what it says explicitly as well as what inferences should be drawn.

gray flagEE.RI.6.2 Determine the main idea of a passage and details or facts related to it.

gray flagEE.RI.6.4 Determine how word choice changes the meaning of a text.

EE.RI.6.6 Identify words or phrases in the text that describe or show the author's point of view.

EE.RI.6.8 Distinguish claims in a text supported by reason.

gray flagEE.L.6.5.a Identify the meaning of simple similes (e.g., The man was as big as a tree.).

EE.L.6.5.b Demonstrate understanding of words by identifying other words with similar and different meanings.

EE.RL.6.3 Can identify how a character responds to a challenge in story.

gray flagEE.RL.6.5 Determine the structure of a text (e.g., story, poem, or drama).

gray flagEE.RI.6.3 Identify a detail that elaborates upon individuals, events, or ideas introduced in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.6.9 Compare and contrast how two texts describe the same event.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.L.6.2.b Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on letter-sound relationships and common spelling patterns.

EE.W.6.2.a Introduce a topic and write to convey ideas and information about it including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

EE.W.6.2.b Provide facts, details, or other information related to the topic.

All grade 6 ELA EEs in one pdf

Grade 7: Essential Elements Assessed

EE.RI.7.5 Determine how a fact, step, or event fits into the overall structure of the text.

EE.RL.7.1 Analyze text to identify where information is explicitly stated and where inferences must be drawn.

gray flagEE.RL.7.2 Identify events in a text that are related to the theme or central idea.

EE.RL.7.4 Determine the meaning of simple idioms and figures of speech as they are used in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.7.1 Analyze text to identify where information is explicitly stated and where inferences must be drawn.

EE.RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.7.4 Determine how words or phrases are used to persuade or inform a text.

gray flagEE.RI.7.6 Determine an author’s purpose or point of view.

EE.RI.7.8 Determine how a claim or reason fits into the overall structure of an informational text.

gray flagEE.RL.7.3 Determine how two or more story elements are related.

EE.RL.7.5 Compare the structure of two or more texts (e.g., stories, poems, or dramas).

EE.RI.7.3 Determine how two individuals, events or ideas in a text are related.

EE.RI.7.9 Compare and contrast how different texts on the same topic present the details.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.L.7.2.a Use end punctuation when writing a sentence or question.

EE.L.7.2.b Spell words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of letter-sound relationships and/or common spelling patterns.

EE.W.7.2.a Introduce a topic and write to convey ideas and information about it including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

EE.W.7.2.b Provide facts, details, or other information related to the topic.

EE.W.7.2.d Select domain-specific vocabulary to use in writing about the topic.

All grade 7 ELA EEs in one pdf

Grade 8: Essential Elements Assessed

gray flagEE.RI.8.5 Locate the topic sentence and supporting details in a paragraph.

EE.RL.8.1 Cite text to support inferences from stories and poems.

EE.RL.8.2 Recount an event related to the theme or central idea, including details about character and setting.

gray flagEE.RL.8.4 Determine connotative meanings of words and phrases in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.8.1 Cite text to support inferences from informational text.

EE.RI.8.2 Provide a summary of a familiar informational text.

gray flagEE.RI.8.4 Determine connotative meanings of words and phrases in a text.

EE.RI.8.6 Determine an author's purpose or point of view and identify examples from text that describe or support it.

EE.RI.8.8 Determine the argument made by an author in an informational text.

EE.L.8.5.a Demonstrate understanding of the use of multiple meaning words.

EE.RL.8.3 Identify which incidents in a story or drama lead to subsequent action.

EE.RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts.

gray flagEE.RL.8.9 Compare and contrast themes, patterns of events, or characters across two or more stories or dramas.

gray flagEE.RI.8.3 Recount events in the order they were presented in the text.

gray flagEE.RI.8.9 Identify where two different texts on the same topic differ in their interpretation of the details.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.W.8.2.a Introduce a topic clearly and write to convey ideas and information about it including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

EE.W.8.2.b Write one or more facts or details related to the topic.

EE.W.8.2.c Write complete thoughts as appropriate.

EE.W.8.2.d Use domain specific vocabulary related to the topic.

EE.W.8.2.f Provide a closing.

All grade 8 ELA EEs in one pdf

High School : Essential Elements Assessed

gray flagEE.RL.9-10.1 Determine which citations demonstrate what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

gray flagEE.RL.9-10.2 Recount events related to the theme or central idea, including details about character and setting.

EE.RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including idioms, analogies, and figures of speech.

EE.RL.11-12.1 Analyze a text to determine its meaning and cite textual evidence to support explicit and implicit understandings.

EE.RL.11-12.2 Recount the main events of the text which are related to the theme or central idea.

gray flagEE.RL.11-12.4 Determine how words or phrases in a text, including words with multiple meanings and figurative language, impacts the meaning.

EE.RI.9-10.1 Determine which citations demonstrate what the text says explicitly as well as inferentially.

EE.RI.9-10.2 Determine the central idea of the text and select details to support it.

gray flagEE.RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in text, including common idioms, analogies, and figures of speech.

EE.RI.9-10.5 Locate sentences that support an author's central idea or claim.

EE.RI.9-10.8 Determine how the specific claims support the argument made in an informational text.

gray flagEE.RI.11-12.1 Analyze a text to determine its meaning and cite textual evidence to support explicit and implicit understanding.

gray flagEE.RI.11-12.2 Determine the central idea of a text; recount the text.

EE.RI.11-12.4 Determine how words or phrases in a text, including words with multiple meanings and figurative language, impacts the meaning of the text.

EE.RI.11-12.8 Determine whether the claims and reasoning enhance the author's argument in an informational text.

EE.RI.11-12.5 Determine whether the structure of a text enhances an author's claim.

gray flagEE.L.9-10.4.a Use context to determine the meaning of unknown words.

gray flagEE.L.9-10.5.b Determine the intended meaning of multiple meaning words.

gray flagEE.L.11-12.4.a Use context to determine the meaning of unknown words.

EE.RL.9-10.3 Determine how characters change or develop over the course of a text.

EE.RL.9-10.5 Identify where a text deviates from a chronological presentation of events.

EE.RL.11-12.3 Determine how characters, the setting or events change over the course of the story or drama.

EE.RL.11-12.5 Determine how the author’s choice of where to end the story contributes to the meaning.

EE.RI.9-10.3 Determine logical connections between individuals, ideas or events in a text.

gray flagEE.RI.11-12.3 Determine how individuals, ideas, or events change over the course of the text.

EE.RI.11-12.9 Compare and contrast arguments made by two different texts on the same topic.

Writing Essential Elements are assessed together in writing testlets.

EE.L.9-10.2.c Spell most single-syllable words correctly and apply knowledge of word chunks in spelling longer words.

EE.W.9-10.2.c Use complete, simple sentences as appropriate.

EE.W.9-10.2.d Use domain specific vocabulary when writing claims related to a topic of study or text.

EE.W.9-10.2.f Provide a closing or concluding statement.

EE.W.11-12.2.c Use complete, simple sentences, as well as compound and other complex sentences as appropriate.

EE.W.11-12.2.d Use domain specific vocabulary when writing claims related to a topic of study or text.

EE.W.11-12.2.f Provide a closing or concluding statement.

EE.L.11-12.2.b Spell most single-syllable words correctly and apply knowledge of word chunks in spelling longer words.

EE.W.9-10.2.a Introduce a topic clearly and use a clear organization to write about it including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

EE.W.9-10.2.b Develop the topic with facts or details.

EE.W.11-12.2.a Introduce a topic clearly and write an informative or explanatory text that conveys ideas, concepts, and information including visual, tactual, or multimedia information as appropriate.

EE.W.11-12.2.b Develop the topic with relevant facts, details, or quotes.

All HS ELA EEs in one pdf

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