• Identify upper and lower case letters of the English alphabet and numbers 0-100
  • Apply sound/symbol relationships to decode letters of the alphabet, consonant blends, and familiar short words
  • Recognize personal information words in print (e.g., first/last name, address, telephone number, SSN, date of birth, sex, marital status)
  • Recognize simple words and phrases related to immediate needs
  • Read learned sentences
  • Interpret simple signs and symbols in environment
  • Read dates and analog/digital clock times
  • Identify U.S. coins and currency and values
  • Read prices
  • Follow simple one-step directions and instructions that include pictures or modeling.


  • Apply sound/symbol relationships to decode familiar words (e.g., high frequency words for life skills)
  • Read cursive and printed materials
  • Interpret words and symbols on everyday signs
  • Scan for specific information on familiar documents (e.g., utility bill, pay stub).
  • Follow some simple written instructions that include pictures or diagrams (e.g., food preparation, simplified prescriptions, care labels)
  • Follow simple geographical directions on a simple map
  • Read some common sight words
  • Read simple sentences on a familiar topic.


  • Recognize alternate forms of basic information words on a personal information form (e.g., today’s date/current date, birth date/date of birth, sex/gender).
  • Read schedules and simple charts
  • Follow simple written multi-step instructions (e.g., food preparation, simplified prescriptions, care labels)
  • Read compound and complex sentences following punctuation cues
  • Read short simplified paragraphs on a single topic with familiar vocabulary (e.g., a description of a person, place, or activity)
  • Recognize base words, synonyms and antonyms
  • Identify patterns and categorize words
  • Read compound words and identify base word
  • Use prediction as a reading strategy


  • Apply sound/symbol relationships to decode new words in context
  • Apply simple context clues to determine the meaning of new words
  • Recognize standard words on a personal information form
  • Locate a word, number or item in alphabetical or numerical order (e.g., phone book, dictionary)
  • Comprehend simple and compound sentences in authentic materials
  • Identify main idea, chronological order, and simple transitions in texts on familiar subjects
  • Recognize prefixes, suffixes, homonyms, transition words, words with multiple meanings and some idioms
  • Read and understand multi- paragraph selections from a variety of genres
  • Read to compare and contrast information


  • Determine meaning of new vocabulary using context clues and decoding skills
  • Read simple descriptions and narratives on authentic topics
  • Follow specific written directions/instructions to perform an activity
  • Skim for main idea and scan for detail in prose text and on documents
  • Interpret information in an authentic paragraph or text to answer a question
  • Identify main idea, supporting details and transitions in a paragraph or text
  • Identify fact and opinion in a text
  • Compare information presented in two or three different sources
  • Make inferences from familiar texts
  • Recognize common idioms
  • Identify a writer’s purpose


  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in text
  • Interpret factual materials (e.g., prose text, charts/graphs, and other visual presentations)
  • Read authentic materials on everyday subjects
  • Interpret and summarize descriptions and narratives on familiar topics
  • Take notes from texts/documents on unfamiliar topics
  • Vary reading strategies for understanding content on unfamiliar topics or technical information
  • Distinguish between literal and figurative language
  • Take notes while reading