3rd Grade Reading Comprehension Homework Help

As you get older and continue to improve your reading comprehension, you'll often be tested on your reading ability. Knowing and understanding the specific skills you'll be expected to know in 3rd grade will help you prepare. Therefore, keep reading to learn about some basic reading skills you'll be required to perform on 3rd grade homework assignments and tests.

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Explain the Importance of Illustrations

If you didn't know, those colorful and detailed illustrations or pictures found in books are there for a reason. Often, authors provide the pictures to highlight something important in the story or to give readers visual images of the events or characters. As a 3rd grade reader, you'll be required to explain the importance and purpose of these illustrations in the books you're reading. For instance, you may explain how they help you understand the story better or how a particular illustration emphasizes a major plot point.

Retell the Story

One of the best ways to check your understanding of what you've read is to retell the story in your own words, also known as summarizing. This will often be a requirement on your reading homework assignments. When you read, pay attention to the key elements of the story and how the events relate to one another. You may even want to take notes while you read. Once you've finished reading, practice giving a summary of the story to a family member.

Give Character Descriptions

Stories are centered upon characters. Therefore, it's important that you have the ability to identify the characters in the stories you read and describe them. You may be asked to give physical descriptions, such as a character's height, weight, clothing or hair color. You may also be asked to describe personality traits and state if the characters are nervous, confident, brave or rude.

Identify the Central Message

Another reading skill you may be asked to demonstrate is your ability to identify the theme or central message of the story. When authors write stories, they typically write to give readers some sort of lesson or important message about life in an entertaining way. These messages usually address universal lessons such as sacrifice, responsibility, honesty and courage. As a reader, it's your job to put all of the information in the story together and determine what message the author tried to convey.

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