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Course SummaryEnsure your speaking and listening curriculum meets Common Core standards with this ELA Grade 7 standards course. Engaging text and video lessons capture your students attention in the classroom while multiple-choice quizzes can be used to assess how well the material is understood.
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About the Course
Common Core State Standards for speaking and listening are used throughout the nation to test students' abilities to participate in discussions, evaluate main ideas and arguments and clearly present ideas and findings based on their grade level. For 7th graders, this means being able to research relevant materials and use those findings in discussions, ask questions that show their understanding of the topic and change their views if needed, using new information presented by other individuals. The lessons in this collection conform to the Common Core standards and utilize short and fun videos to help students easily understand the critical topics associated with speaking and listening at a 7th grade level. The lessons found in this collection cover:
- Collaborative discussions
- Research strategies and evidence evaluation
- Group rules and goals
- The listening process
- Use of the audience
- Main idea analysis and presentation
- Argument evaluation
- Use of visuals and multimedia
- Language command
The video lessons in this collection are short and fun, but still offer a challenge to students who need to meet Common Core standards for speaking and listening. Lessons are led by subject experts, and each video is followed by a quick quiz to gauge students' comprehension of the topics. You'll also find some tips on incorporating these lessons into your classroom.
Collaborative Discussions (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1)
Standard: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Videos cover team-based communication and collaborative teaching strategies, types of communication and methods to improve communication skills.
Research Preparation (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1A)
Standard: Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Students learn effective research strategies and methods for using sources in writing and evaluating evidence and assessing source reliability.
Group Rules, Goals and Roles (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1B)
Standard: Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Lessons teach goal-setting theory, group member roles and qualities, team characteristics and group cohesion. The use of group norms and status to influence behavior is also covered.
The Questioning and Elaborating Process (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1C)
Standard: Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
Instructors teach the stages of the listening process, effective listening strategies, probing and loaded question types and methods for giving feedback.
Acknowledgement of Audience Information (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1D)
Standard: Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.
Students learn to listen effectively in a group setting, gather info for audience analysis, evaluate reasoning and refute or anticipate opposing views.
Analysis of Main Ideas (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2)
Standard: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
Lessons provide examples of implied main ideas and teach students to listen for the main point, find the theme, use supporting details and make recommendations by drawing conclusions from research.
Argument Evaluation (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.3)
Standard: Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Videos offer tips on critical listening and thinking methods and active listening techniques and teach students the differences between deductive and inductive reasoning and methods for evaluating reasoning.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.4)
Standard: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details, and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Lessons cover public speaking characteristics, speech style and organization, persuasive and informative speeches, and source citation.
Use of Multimedia and Visual Aids (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.5)
Standard: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Videos present different types of visual aids and teach methods for selecting visuals, preparing visual aids, using handouts, and working with presentation and multimedia software and technology.
Command of Language (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.6)
Standard: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Lessons focus on precise, vivid, inclusive and literal language. They also provide instruction on proofreading, writing clear sentences, using proper grammar and improving sentence structure.
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