LAFS.7.SL.1.3

Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
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
Assessed: Yes
Test Item Specifications
  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: TM , EBSR , MS , MC , OR , GR , SHT item(s)
  • Assessed with: LAFS.7.RI.3.7 and LAFS.7.SL.1.2
  • Assessment Limits :
    Items should delineate the claims and evaluate the reasoning and relevance of supporting evidence. Written transcripts, excerpts, and/or direct quotations from an audio clip should not be provided in item stems or answer options
  • Text Types :
    Items assessing these standards may be used with one or more grade-appropriate informational texts and audio ormultimedia versions. Texts may vary incomplexity.
  • Response Mechanisms :
    The Technology-Enhanced Item Descriptions section on pages 3 and 4 provides a list of Response Mechanisms that may be used to assess these standards (excluding the Editing Task Choice and Editing Task item types). The Sample Response Mechanisms may include, but are not limited to, the examples below.
  • Task Demand and Sample Response Mechanisms :

    Task Demand

    Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject.

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Hot Text

    • Requires the student to select words or phrases from the text that provide explicit support for a comparison of the two sources.
    • Requires the student to select a comparison of the two sources and then to select an analysis of the comparison.
    • Requires the student to select words or phrases from the text to support a comparison of the two sources and then to select an analysis of the comparison. 

    EBSR

    • Requires the student to select an analysis of the main idea presented in diverse media formats and then select details to support the analysis.

    Multiple Choice

    • Requires the student to select an analysis or comparison of the two sources.
    • Requires the student to select explicit or implicit details that support an analysis or comparison of the two sources. 

    Multiselect

    • Requires the student to select multiple explicit or implicit details that support an analysis or comparison of the two sources.
    • Requires the student to select multiple analyses or comparisons of the two sources. 

    Open Response

    • Requires the student to compare or contrast the portrayal of a subject in a written text with a multimedia version. 

    GRID

    • Requires the student to analyze a written text and its multimedia equivalent by dragging descriptions of each medium’s portrayal of a subject into a graphic organizer. 

    Table Match

    • Requires the student to complete a table by comparing and contrasting a text and its multimedia equivalent, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of a subject.

    Task Demand

    Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Hot Text

    • Requires the student to select the main idea and supporting details in order to show how the author clarifies a topic. 

    Multiple Choice

    • Requires the student to select an explanation for how a source clarifies a topic. 

    Multiselect

    • Requires the student to select multiple supporting details to show how an author clarifies a topic. 

    Open Response

    • Requires the student to explain how the author clarifies a topic. 

    GRID

    • Requires the student to move main ideas and supporting details into a graphic organizer to show how the author clarifies a topic. 

    Table Match

    • Requires the student to complete a table by analyzing ideas and details presented in diverse media or formats and explaining how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue.

    Task Demand

    Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

    Sample Response Mechanisms

    Selectable Hot Text

    • Requires the student to analyze a speaker’s argument and specific claims and then determine relevant or sufficient evidence to support the claim(s). 

    EBSR

    • Requires the student to analyze a speaker’s argument and specific claims and then select relevant or sufficient evidence to support the claim(s). 

    Multiple Choice

    • Requires the student to evaluate the soundness of the reasoning, relevance, or sufficiency of the evidence. 

    Multiselect

    • Requires the student to select several pieces of relevant evidence to support a stated or implied claim from the text. 

    Table Match

    • Requires the student to complete a table by analyzing a speaker’s argument and specific claims, evaluating the extent to which the claims are supported.

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Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
LAFS.7.SL.1.AP.3a: Evaluate the soundness of reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of evidence provided in an argument.
LAFS.7.SL.1.AP.3b: Evaluate the soundness or accuracy of reasons presented to support a claim.

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Formative Assessments

What’s Your Point?:

The student will listen to oral presentations given by classmates and complete a checklist evaluation, determining the speaker’s argument and evaluating the supporting evidence and argument.

Type: Formative Assessment

Debate the Experts:

The student will have read an informational text, “Expertise on Experts,” and written an argument for or against the author’s claim. The student will use his/her writing assignment in a small group with other students who feel the same as he/she does about the topic. The group of students will combine their arguments to make a presentation for their “side” of the argument and present it to the class. The student will evaluate each group’s argument for soundness of reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of evidence.

Type: Formative Assessment

Presentation of Arguments:

The student will present his/her argument of which medium is more effective, listening to a speech, or reading the speech based on his/her analysis (compare/contrast) from the last task, LAFS.7.RI.3.7 “Compare and Contrast Gettysburg Address Text to Speech,” to a small group. The student will evaluate his/her group members’ arguments for soundness of reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of evidence.

Type: Formative Assessment

Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Original Student Tutorials for Language Arts - Grades 6-12

Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

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Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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