Ch 14: SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills

About This Chapter

Preparing for the SBA for Grades 3-5 English Language Arts is made simple with these videos on effective listening and speaking/listening skills. Measure progress using the quizzes and tests which accompany the lessons.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills - Chapter Summary

Studying for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language arts for 3rd-5th-grade students is made easy in this comprehensive suite of lessons. Your student may review lessons in all of the areas in the Common Core State Standards for English use and literacy to boost their confidence and abilities prior to the assessments. Lessons in this chapter discuss listening and speaking skills in particular, and topics include:

  • The influence of diction on speech
  • How to listen for transitions, signal words, agreement, and main points
  • Styles of speech
  • Public speaking and vocal qualities
  • The use of vivid language and oration tools when speaking
  • Basics of intonation cues and tone/attitude

Whether you are looking for alternate media to attract your student's attention for greater comprehension of key English topics or actively readying to take the SBA for Grades 3-5 English Language Arts, these lessons are a great tool for refreshing and enhancing student skills taught in the classroom. The videos are short enough to be a great homework companion without demanding too much time from your student's varied interests. Assign the chapter test as homework to see how your student is doing in this area.

SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills Chapter Objectives

The SBA are not like most other assessments and tests: they employ a wide range of assessment methods to determine how well your student is performing relative to the Common Core State Standards using a broad measure of abilities. The listening/speaking portion of the ELA assessments is entirely composed of multiple-choice, computer-adaptive testing (CAT) items, making it a fairly brief portion of the assessments overall. Though that means there is not as much information covered in the actual assessment as there is in other categories, it also means that there is a much lower margin of error in evaluating your student's performance.

As your student works through these lessons, they will develop a greater understanding of how to deconstruct the content of speeches, increasing their abilities in public and scholastic environments to approach what people say critically and consciously. Reviewing these lessons before the assessments begin will help them to put their best abilities forward to ensure an appropriate measure is achieved. This will help educators and parents determine proper placement in future studies.

9 Lessons in Chapter 14: SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills
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How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

1. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

2. Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

When you're listening to someone speaking English, paying attention to transitions and signal words really pays off. Here are some tips with examples of how these words are used in conversations.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

3. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for the Main Point

4. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

5. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

6. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

7. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

Listening for Intonation Cues

8. Listening for Intonation Cues

Making sense of intonation cues in spoken English can be tough, especially if it isn't your first language. To help you figure it out, here's a guide to what to listen for.

Listening for Tone & Attitude

9. Listening for Tone & Attitude

When you're learning English, listening for a speaker's tone or attitude can be even harder than listening for meaning - here are some tips for how to make it work.

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