When analyzing any text the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) objectives are a focus of instruction. When preparing the written response to the text the following third grade objectives were used.
Forming a General Understanding: Understanding the text's general content
A1 Determine the main idea (non-fiction) or theme (fiction) within the written work;
A2 Identify or infer important characters, settings, problems, events, and details;
A3 Select and use relevant information from the text in order to summarize events and/or ideas in the text;
A4 Use information from the text to make a prediction based on what is read; and
A5 Use content clues to determine meanings of unknown or multiple-meaning words.
Developing an Interpretation: Interpreting and/or explaining the text
B1 Identify or infer the author's use of structure/organizational patterns; and
B3 Use stated or implied evidence from the text to draw/or support a conclusion.
Making Reader/Text Connections: Connecting or associating the text with life outside the text.
C1 Make connections between the text and outside experiences and knowledge; and
C2 Select and use relevant information within a written work to write a personal response to the text.
Examining the Content and Structure: Elaborating on the text and making judgments about the text's quality and themes.
D1 Analyze and evaluate the author's craft, including the use of literary devices and textual elements;
D2 Select and use relevant information within a written work(s) to extend or evaluate the work(s);
D3 Demonstrate an awareness of an author's or character's customs and beliefs included in the text.