Ch 4: Questioning & Elaborating : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1C

About This Chapter

Develop your students into interactive discussion participants with these videos on listening and giving feedback during discussions. Activity suggestions provide for ideas on implementing this chapter in your instruction plan.

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. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1.C)

About This Chapter

As students develop the skills in this chapter they will become more engaged in discussion and understand how to move the conversation toward specific goals. They will also understand how to listen and provide effective feedback to their peers. In these engaging videos your students will learn to:

  • Understand the four-stage listening process
  • Listen effectively
  • Use probing and loaded questions
  • Provide and respond to feedback

Students who excel in these topics will be able to guide group discussions with poignant and relevant questions. They will also develop mediating skills for conflict resolution and the ability to provide useful criticism to their peers.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Introduce this chapter to your students with these quick activity ideas.

Civic Engagement

First watch the videos on listening and asking questions. Next identify upcoming town-hall style events or board meetings in local government, education board, or student government. Have students attend the event(s) and develop questions to ask the panel or speaker that are relevant to the conversation and probe for clarity or depth of response. Extra credit might be an option for those students who actually ask their question during the event.

Role Playing

Pair students off and have them practice their questioning techniques on each other. Have one student describe in broad terms something interesting they experienced recently. The other student will ask questions which seek to add depth or context to the story. Add a slightly adversarial cast to the exercise by having one student act as a defendant and the other as a prosecutor in a courtroom.

Catch that Train

After watching all of the videos in this chapter as a class, show a video from a recent press conference by a public official or private company. Instruct the students to call out 'Runaway train!' when the speaker gets off topic or seeks to evade answering a question by redirecting attention. Have the students come up with a question that might bring the speaker back on track. Did their questions get asked by real reporters in the press conference?

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Questioning & Elaborating : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1C
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The Four Stages of the Listening Process

1. The Four Stages of the Listening Process

As messages are sent to us, it seems as though we simply hear and react, but there is actually a process that our brains use to process the information. It begins with attending, then interpreting, responding and finally remembering the information.

Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles

2. Effective Listening: Definition & Obstacles

It seems counterintuitive that a public speaker should focus on effective listening. However, a good public speaker must know a few things about his audience in order to effectively communicate his message.

Probing Questions: Types & Examples

3. Probing Questions: Types & Examples

Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.

Loaded Question: Definition & Examples

4. Loaded Question: Definition & Examples

They might seem harmless, but loaded questions can be almost as treacherous as a loaded gun. Find out more about these rhetorical assassins in this lesson, where you'll also see a couple of them in action!

Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

5. Giving and Responding to Constructive Feedback

Giving and receiving feedback in a work environment allows individuals to understand how they are performing in their job. There are suggestions that individuals can follow to better understand how to deal with criticism.

Giving Written Feedback to Students: Examples & Overview

6. Giving Written Feedback to Students: Examples & Overview

This lesson will illustrate the importance of providing students written feedback and explain how to do this in the way that most impacts student achievement.

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