Sunday, November 1, 2009

Standards Sundays: Grade 5 speaking applications (genres and their characteristics)

Confidence will make any presentation - including banging on trash cans - decent.

It's been a while since I've posted something of substance here. It's been a busy, busy few weeks. And of course it won't slow down yet. At least there are three no-school days in November.

Speaking, as in presentations, are a large part of my current classroom. Much larger than any other classroom I've been yet (other than ESL that is). Here are what fifth graders are supposed to master by the end of the school year:

Basically, students deliver narrative, informative, and oral responses to literature using supporting evidence, showing rather than telling, and with a mastery of the English language.

This is pretty much what they are supposed to do in their writing. Now, it's just through spoken words.

I would add a little something here. Students need to speak clearly, audibly, with expression and eye contact with the audience, and with fluency of the materials they are presenting. Which means they don't need prompts from the teacher to keep them going to the end.

All of this is really difficult to do. Which is probably why we practice to so much in my classroom. I highly agree with this. Fifth grade students need a chance to speak in front of a group of people at least once a week.

And that's the end of the ELA content standards for 5th grade. Whew! Next up: science!

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