Comprehension and Collaboration in Grade 6 ELA
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly, Speaking & Listening, Grade 6, Standard 1 (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1).
Why? Discussion, besides being a critical means of communicating in both personal and professional situations, helps us to prepare for writing by helping us to identify relevant thoughts, ideas,and support for ideas.
How? To support youth in having effective discussions, talk with your child about what makes a good conversation (eye contact, focusing on those you’re speaking with, asking questions, etc.). The most important thing to do is simply have conversations; talk with your child about what he is interested in, ask your child to explain something she is able to do do well, ask questions and restate or paraphrase what you heard your child say to model effective discussion techniques.
What? The phrase “diverse partners” refers to giving students the opportunity to talk with a variety of people in a variety of situations - one-on-one conversations, small group conversations, larger group conversations; talking with people who are similar to you and different from you.