NYCCLS: Speaking & Listening Instruction

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

The NYCCLS standards are careful to emphasize speaking and listening as well as reading and writing. This lesson will help you understand the speaking and listening standards for grades five through nine.

Speaking and Listening

If you are a teacher in New York, you are tasked with focusing not only on your students' reading and writing, but also on their speaking and listening skills. The New York Common Core Learning Standards offer specific guidelines for where students should be as speakers and listeners at the end of each grade. The speaking and listening standards are divided into the following domains:

  • Comprehension and collaboration
  • Presentation of knowledge and ideas

This lesson gives you an idea of what the expectations are for speaking and listening in grades five through nine in each of this domain, as well as a sense of where these objectives go in terms of the college and career readiness standards for high school.

Grade Five

Comprehension and Collaboration

Fifth graders should learn how to engage in different collaborative discussions, including one on one, in small groups, and teacher-led discussions. They should talk about topics in the fifth grade curriculum and texts they read as part of their curriculum. Fifth graders should learn to come to their discussions well-prepared, behave in a collegial manner in discussions, and pose and respond to good questions. They should also show understanding of their conversational partners' key ideas and show that they can interpret information they have gotten from a variety of media and sources. They should be able to understand their classmates' arguments.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Fifth graders in New York should be able to explain their ideas logically and sequentially, using evidence to back up their spoken arguments. They should start learning to make multimedia presentations and altering their speech and language depending on the context in which they are speaking.

Grade Six

Comprehension and Collaboration

In addition to practicing the previous standards with reference to sixth grade topics and texts, sixth graders should also learn more about communicating with others who have different perspectives and backgrounds. They should learn to think analytically and advocate in persuasive ways for their own ideas.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Sixth graders should practice expressing their ideas creatively and should gain more versatility with making multimedia presentations and varying their language based on context.

Grade Seven

Comprehension and Collaboration

Seventh graders should practice the same standards as earlier with reference to seventh grade topics and texts, but they should also learn more about understanding perspectives and cultures and communicating with diverse audiences. They should learn to use what they know about language and logic to think more analytically about diverse ideas.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Seventh graders should become more sophisticated and detailed in their ability to express themselves and should be able to make competent presentations on a variety of topics using diverse media.

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