Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
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
Develop critical listening skills essential for comprehension, problem solving, and task completion.
Develop critical speaking skills essential for effective communication.
Check For Understanding
Use appropriate listening skills (e.g., do not interrupt, face speaker, ask questions).
Listen attentively to speaker for specific information.
Understand and follow simple two- and three-step oral directions.
Summarize what has been heard using the logical sequence of events.
Use rules for conversation (e.g., take turns, and focus attention on speaker).
Speak clearly, properly, and politely; recognize the difference between formal and informal language.
Give multi-step oral directions.
Participate in group discussion. Work productively in group discussion for a particular purpose (e.g., respond to literature, solve a problem). Ask and respond
Retell a story, describing the plot, characters, and setting.
Recite poems, stories, and songs.