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
Continue to develop basic listening skills necessary for communication.
Continue to develop basic speaking skills necessary for communication.
Check For Understanding
Use established rules for polite conversation (e.g., take turns, ask questions) and attentive listening (e.g., do not interrupt, raise hands, face speaker).
Demonstrate the ability to follow three-step oral directions.
Respond to questions from teachers and other group members and pose follow- up questions for clarity.
Listen and respond to a variety of media (e.g., books, audio, videos).
Summarize information presented orally by others.
Recognize the main idea conveyed in a speech.
Construct a brief summary of a speech.
Use rules for conversation and verbal participation.
Give three-step oral directions.
Participate in group discussions.
Demonstrate evidence of expanding oral language through vocabulary growth.
Participate in creative and expressive responses to text (e.g., choral reading, discussion, dramatizations, oral presentations).
State Performance Indicator
Identify the main idea of a speech.
Given a list of interactive behaviors (i.e., taking turns, behaving courteously, not interrupting, listening, remaining on task), identify those that are
Given a written summary of a speech, choose from a list of ideas the one not mentioned in the speech.