LAFS.7.SL.1.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  1. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
  2. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
  3. Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
  4. Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.
General Information
Subject Area: English Language Arts
Grade: 7
Strand: Standards for Speaking and Listening
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Date Adopted or Revised: 12/10
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved

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Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.7.SL.1.AP.1a: Discuss how own view or opinion changes using new information provided by others.
LAFS.7.SL.1.AP.1b: Describe how the claims within a speaker’s argument match own argument.
LAFS.7.SL.1.AP.1c: Quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others in writing while avoiding plagiarism.

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