Grade 1

TCSD Literacy Curriculum Guides list all of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. Approximately 1/3 of the Common Core State Standards are prioritized as assessed by the Curriculum Guide Committee. The assessed standards are differentiated by being listed in bold print and purple cells.

Common Core State Standards Key Design Considerations
A Focus on Results Rather Than Means


"By emphasizing required achievements, the Standards leave room for teachers, curriculum developers, and states to determine how those goals should be reached and what additional topics should be addressed. Thus, the Standards do not mandate such things as a particular writing process or the full range of metacognitive strategies that students may need to monitor and direct their thinking and learning. Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the Standards." (CCSS 2010, pg 4)

Throughout the school year, teachers will focus on the following concepts:


  • Read grade-level texts with prompting and support
  • Understand differences between fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Retell narrative texts and describe characters, settings and major events
  • Identify the main topic of a nonfiction text and describe details
  • Describe similarities and differences between texts, authors and topics
  • Compose a portfolio of written work (narrative, nonfiction, opinion)
  • Build foundational language skills (print concepts, phonemic awareness, phonics)
Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Lakota Studies Standards are intended to be met throughout the school year in a variety of ways. They are applicable to much of the content in each of the units. This material can and should be woven into the the framework of instruction.

The calendar below has dates for turning in End of Unit Benchmarks and writing scores.  You can also find the windows for AIMSweb and DRA2 assessments.