Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Topic: Speaking and Listeneing Standards, Grades 3, 4, 5.

10-second review: Rules for group discussion. Main ideas and supporting details. Subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement. Preparation for discussion. Paraphrase key information. Differentiate between formal and informal English. Elaborate response to questions. Build on ideas of previous speakers. Summarize evidence. Organize reports. Formal English when appropriate. Use visuals.

Title:  “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010, p. 12, 13. You will find the standards at

Grade 3:
Follow rules for group discussion. Ask relevant questions. Identify main ideas and supporting details in oral presentations. Extend ideas based on discussion. Ask and answer questions about oral presentations. Report on a topic. Speak coherently. Use a variety of tenses and ensuring subject-verb agreement and pronoun-antecedent agreement.

Grade 4:
Come to discussion prepared. Build on the ideas of others speakers. Acknowledge new information. Paraphrase key information. Identify supporting evidence. Report on events, topics or texts. Use visual displays. Differentiate between formal and informal English.

Grade 5:
Come to discussion prepared. Respond to questions with elaboration. Build on the ideas of previous speakers. Ask questions to clarify. Draw conclusions. Summarize key ideas and supporting details. Summarize claims or evidence made by a speaker. Report on events, topics, texts in an organized manner. Use visual displays when appropriate. Use formal language when appropriate.

Comment: In fourth grade distinguishing between formal and informal English. That’s a “biggie.” RayS.

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