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Speaking & Listening in Grade 6 ELA

Monday, January 11, 2016

book iconComprehension 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.


See Wisconsin authors Tasha Schuh and Doug Michaels have a collaborative conversation to plan the opening chapter and subsequent chapters of Tasha’s next book at on this Wisconsin Writes video
Help students identify and apply effective discussion behaviors with anchor charts. Find instructions and examples on the ELA anchor charts document.  
Here is an example lesson using a “world cafe” discussion protocol where students refine understandings of a text they’ve read
Collaborative discussion is a part of the gradual release of responsibility instructional framework that scaffolds and supports students to independent achievement. Find information and resources at the ELA DPI website