Speaking & Listening Anchor Standard 1 Level E

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Level Standard E
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  1. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
  2. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
  3. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
  4. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented. (SL.9-10.1)

Teacher Notes
This standard can be used in all content areas.

Teacher should model effective speaking skills and conversational etiquette. Teachers can share explicit speaking and conversation guidelines (such as turn taking). They may want to discuss the importance of teamwork, project management, problem solving, and other soft skills. Be sure students understand the term consensus. It may be helpful to teach students specific talk moves such as revoicing, asking relevant and specific questions, agreeing/disagreeing, adding on, etc.). Rubrics and reflection questions can help students monitor progress in developing speaking and listening skills.

This standard asks students to speak persuasively, analyzing and using evidence; it connects naturally with Reading anchor standards, particularly anchors 1, 2, and 8, and with Writing anchor 1. Students at this level are expected to discuss the quality and validity of evidence and to conduct research to find additional information.

Examples / Activities
Confederate Flag Controversy Discussion

After reading an article on a controversy at a Virginia high school regarding the Confederate flag and viewing primary sources related to the flag’s role in history, learners discuss the flag’s symbolism and how the high school should have responded to the incident.

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GED® Assessment Targets (RLA)
R.2.2 Summarize details and ideas in text.
R.2.8 Draw conclusions or make generalizations that require synthesis of multiple main ideas in text.
R.7.4 Compare two passages that present related ideas or themes in different genres or formats in order to synthesize details, draw conclusions, or apply information to new situations.
R.8.5 Assess whether the reasoning is valid; identify fallacious reasoning in an argument and evaluate its impact.
R.9.3 Compare two argumentative passages on the same topic that present opposing claims (either main or supporting claims) and analyze how each text emphasizes different evidence or advances a different interpretation of facts.

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ELA Activities for Level E
Career Exploration and Workplace Safety Presentations
Students read and listen to texts related to workplace safety. Then, students research jobs and create their own multimedia presentations synthesizing job information, workplace safety lessons learned, and personal career goals. Read More Career Exploration and Workplace Safety Presentations
Confessions of Nat Turner
Students work in teams to integrate and evaluate information from slavery-era primary documents. Read More Confessions of Nat Turner
Job Search Vocabulary
Students research specific jobs and markets using opens in a new window Virginia Workforce Connection; they identify and define unknown words and use them in resumé building, cover letter writing, and mock interviewing. Read More Job Search Vocabulary
Using Multimedia Strategically
Students discuss good and bad presentations and read tips for avoiding multimedia mistakes. Then, they revise one of their own presentations by adding or changing a multimedia element. Read More Using Multimedia Strategically
Listening and Responding Across Subject Areas
Students listen to and discuss informational audio presentations. Read More Listening and Responding Across Subject Areas
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