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.

opens in a new window Workforce Readiness Skills:

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.

Resources
opens in a new window Illinois Online Network: Fishbowl
opens in a new window Learning Strategies for ELLs: Talk Moves
opens in a new window Opening Paths: Talk Moves by John McCarthy
opens in a new window Project IDEA: Personal Inventory: Effective Speaking Video
opens in a new window SERP Word Generation: Actively Productive Talk
opens in a new window SERP Word Generation: Discussion and Debate
opens in a new window Speaking and Listening Rubric from Manchester High School Central
opens in a new window Talk Moves for Productive Discussion
opens in a new window Teaching Channel Video on Collaborative Discussions: Arguing the Pros and Cons of Teen Driving

ELA Activities for Level E
Classroom Debate
Students select a debate topic, organize pro/con teams, conduct research, plan arguments, and carry out a classroom debate. Read More Classroom Debate
Confessions of Nat Turner
Students work in teams to integrate and evaluate information from slavery-era primary documents. Read More Confessions of Nat Turner
Analyzing Rhetoric in a Video
Have students work in groups to analyze the rhetorical elements of a persuasive speech. As a group, discuss how the parts work together to influence an audience. Read More Analyzing Rhetoric in a Video
Before It’s Too Late
Students will read and summarize an 8-page chapter from a book on the subject of raising children to be responsible. Read More Before It’s Too Late
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. Read More Confederate Flag Controversy Discussion
More Activities