Speaking & Listening Anchor Standard 3 Level A/B

Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Leveled Standard A

Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood. (SL.K.3)

Leveled Standard B

Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail. (SL.3.3)

Teacher Notes
Questioning can be conducted as a pair or group activity. One student is the “expert”–either because they have prior knowledge/experience of the topic or because they have studied background information before the task. A list of statements is given to the other student(s). These statements need to be formed into questions to ask the expert. Students should listen and write down answers.

Jigsaw activities also give students opportunities to be the expert, sharing details, and the information gatherer, forming questions.

Examples / Activities
Guest Speaker

Invite an informative guest speaker to class (or ask a student to speak to classmates about an area of expertise). Before the visit, have students plan the questions they will ask; during the visit, encourage students to ask follow-up questions.

Workforce Readiness Skills

GED® Assessment Targets (RLA)
R.2.7 Make evidence based generalizations or hypotheses based on details in text, including clarifications, extensions, or applications of main ideas to new situations.R.2.2 Summarize details and ideas in text.

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ELA Activities for Level A / B
Conversational Fishbowl
Students choose a question (from a list such as opens in a new window this one ) to discuss in order to become more comfortable talking in a discussion format. Instructional focus should be on learners speaking one at a time and listening to respond or add to the topic. Read More Conversational Fishbowl
In Memory of Dr. King
Students learn about and practice making inferences; they read and/or listen to a passage about the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Read More In Memory of Dr. King
The Affix Garden
Students manipulate shapes (flower=prefix, stem=root word, suffix=leaf) to learn about affixes and create words. Read More The Affix Garden
Workplace Safety Presentations
Students read and listen to texts related to workplace safety. Then, students create their own multimedia presentations synthesizing the workplace safety lessons learned. Read More Workplace Safety Presentations
Categorizing Activity
Teacher models identifying key words in a nonfiction reading and sorting them into categories; students read another short passage and apply their categorization skills. Read More Categorizing Activity
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