Speaking & Listening Anchor Standard 4 Level A/B

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Leveled Standard A

Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. (SL.1.4)

Leveled Standard B

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. (SL.3.4)

Teacher Notes
Teachers may want to share models (good and bad) and rubrics to help students understand the criteria for effective speaking and presentations. Learners should consider TAPS (task/topic, audience, purpose, and style).

Teachers may want to teach planning strategies (such as using a graphic organizer or index cards) or digital literacy skills (such as locating copyright-free image or music files or using common presentation software).

Examples / Activities
Workplace Safety Presentations

Students read and listen to texts related to workplace safety. Then, students created their own multimedia presentations synthesizing the workplace safety lessons learned.

Workforce Readiness Skills

GED® Assessment Targets (RLA)
R.2.5 Determine which detail(s) support a main idea.

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ELA Activities for Level A / B
America’s Skilled Workers: Vocabulary
Students read opens in a new window “Filling America’s Need for Skilled Workers” Newsela article at an appropriate Lexile level and underline unknown words or new vocabulary, transitional words, and specific vocabulary words related to jobs and economics. Students then use opens in a new window Quizlet to create online vocabulary cards. Finally, students create individual resumés for Virginia job/job markets that they are interested in. Read More America’s Skilled Workers: Vocabulary
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
Finding the Main Idea, Getting to Work on Time
Students at A level will be introduced to finding a main idea through pictures, and students with reading levels as low as first-grade equivalent will read a passage, retell it, and determine the main idea. Extension activities include practicing time management skills, including filling out a timesheet Read More Finding the Main Idea, Getting to Work on Time
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
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. Read More Guest Speaker
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