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 critical listening skills necessary for comprehension and task completion.
Continue to develop strategies for expressing thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.
Explore the organizational structures of speeches.
Participate in teams for work and discussion.
Check For Understanding
Listen attentively by facing the speaker, asking questions, and summarizing what is said.
Use established rules for polite conversation (e.g., do not interrupt, face the speaker, listen attentively, provide appropriate feedback, take turns,).
Give multi-step directions.
Formulate and respond to questions from teachers and group members.
Identify the targeted audience and purpose for a speech.
Construct a summary of a speech.
Participate in creative and expressive responses to text (e.g., choral reading, discussion, dramatization, oral presentations, and personal experiences).
Use different voice levels and speech patterns in formal and informal situations.
Participate in recitations of assigned/self-selected passages.
Create and deliver an oral presentation using visual aids or props.
Recognize common organizational structures of speeches (e.g., sequential, chronological, problem-solution, comparison-contrast, cause-effect).
Formulate the criteria needed in selecting a good group leader (e.g., understands the group task, works well with others, keeps the group on task).
State Performance Indicator
Identify the audience for a given speech.
Identify the criteria necessary for a good group leader appropriate to a particular task (i.e., understands the group task, works well with others, keeps the
Choose the best summary of a speech.
Organize ideas in the most effective order for an oral presentation.