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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Response skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student responds to an increasingly challenging variety of sources that are read, heard, or viewed.

Observe students when they are speaking orally. A teacher can listen to students use or attempt to use new vocabulary terms when responding about a book or topic. The teacher should listen for correct usage and understanding of the vocabulary. This observation can be done through whole-group or small-group class discussions about a text, or it can be observed in a casual conversation setting.

A rubric can be applied to assessing a students’ oral and written responses.

Sample rubric:

  1. The student does not attempt to use newly-acquired vocabulary.
  2. The student attempts to use newly-acquired vocabulary but does not use it appropriately.
  3. The student uses newly-acquired vocabulary appropriately, with adult assistance.
  4. The student uses newly-acquired vocabulary appropriately, with minimal to no adult assistance.


This rubric will likely be included as a section for a larger rubric. For example, the teacher might see this in a retelling rubric or a rubric that assesses multiple aspects of a student’s vocabulary.

In first grade, the focus is getting students to use vocabulary authentically in a logical context. This means the student is not overusing the vocabulary and is using the word correctly in a sentence.