Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
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Communication is the practice of conveying information from one person to another. The language arts are all essential to the communication process. Listening and speaking are fundamental to oral communication. Reading and writing are vital to written communication; viewing and visually representing are critical to visual communication. Listening, reading, and viewing are ways to receive information. Speaking, writing, and visually representing are ways of sharing information.Conceptual StrandEffective communication through clear and persuasive expression and attentive listening is necessary for success in school, the workplace, and the larger community. Guiding QuestionHow do good listening and speaking skills help to communicate clearly and persuasively in all interactive settings?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Continue to develop oral language skills necessary for communication.
Continue to develop listening skills necessary for communication.
Check For Understanding
Listen attentively by facing the speaker, asking questions, and summarizing what is said.
Use established rules for attentive listening (e.g., do not interrupt, ask questions, provide appropriate feedback).
Understand and follow multi-step directions (e.g., follow directions for a game).
Formulate and respond to questions from teachers and group members.
Construct a summary of a speech.
Use rules for polite conversation.
Participate in creative responses to text (e.g., choral reading, discussion, dramatization, oral presentations).
Express reactions, personal experiences, and opinions orally.
Create and deliver an oral presentation on an assigned topic (e.g., book reports, demonstrations, science/social studies projects).
Use different voice levels and speech patterns for small groups, informal discussions, and reports.
Interpret and use a variety of non-verbal communication techniques (e.g., gestures, facial expression, posture).
Participate in recitations of assigned/self-selected passages.
Continue to develop group discussion skills and to work in teams.
Recognize specific roles assumed by team members in completing tasks.
State Performance Indicator
Identify the main idea and supporting points of a speech.
Given a list of interactive behaviors (i.e., taking turns, behaving courteously, not interrupting, listening, remaining on task), identify those that are
Select the best summary of a speech.