Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Topic: Speaking and Listening Standards, Grade 8.

.Engage in group discussion.
.Qualify or justify your own thinking after listening to others’ questions.
.Determine purpose and perspective in oral, visual or multimodal formats.
.Assess the truth of a speaker’s or presenter’s premises and the validity of conclusions.
.Present claims and findings with relevant evidence.
.Incorporate visual displays that strengthen presentations.
.Demonstrate command of formal English.

Comment: How do I define “formal English?” Eliminating certain characteristics of conversation like needless repetition, especially with words like “it,” “there,” “get,” “thing”; making clear the antecedents of the demonstrative pronouns “this,” “that,” “these,” and “those”; eliminating sexist language by using the plural to avoid such constructions as “his and her,” “he and she”; carefully using parallel structure, preferring  the active voice to the passive voice and correcting dangling and misplaced modifiers. RayS.

Source:  “CCSSI (Common Core State Standards Initiative) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science.” March 10, 2010. You will find the standards at http://www.corestandards.org/.

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