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1st Grade ELA Standards

Understanding the English Language Arts Standard Course of Study for Grade 1
ELA Standards with Clarification and Glossary

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    1st Grade ELA Standards

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    July 8, 2021




This document provides the Grade 1 NC Standard Course of Study for English Language Arts (2017) in a format that includes a clarification of each standard and glossary. The standards define what students should know and be able to do. The clarifications include an explanation of the standards, ideas for instruction, and examples. The standards appear in the left column with glossary terms bolded. The middle column contains the clarification of the standard with ideas for “In the Classroom.” The right column is the glossary.

These standards will be implemented in all North Carolina schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year.


K-12 Standards for Reading define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade. Students should demonstrate their proficiency of these standards both orally and through writing. For students to be college and career-ready, they must read from a wide range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. One of the key
requirements of the Standards for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. Students should also acquire the habits of reading closely and independently for sustained periods of time. They need to connect prior knowledge and experiences to text. They must also show a steadily growing ability to discern more from and make fuller use of text.

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."

B.B. King
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