In first grade, your child will become a more independent reader and writer. Your child will continue to learn and practice rules for recognizing the sounds that make up words and will be able to sound out more complex words. Students will build the capacity to comprehend a wide range of texts, including poems, fables, and nonfiction stories. Students will learn to think about what they read and talk about the main ideas of simple stories. First graders will learn to write for specific people, practicing creative writing and informational writing. They will learn to use facts and opinions to describe and will come to understand the process of revising and publishing.