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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, discussion, and thinking -- oral language. The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion.

Use an observational checklist. The checklist might include levels such as consistently, inconsistently or never. The checklist might include the following:

  • The student uses speech that is understood by children and adults.
  • The student has clear articulation that is easily understood.
  • The student uses complex sentences with proper grammar and vocabulary.
  • The student uses correct pronouns and verb tenses when speaking.
  • The student is able to speak for an extended period of time on a topic.
A second-grade student who exhibits appropriate pace is aware of and monitors her speaking pace. Significant modeling from the teacher, consistent reminders, and frequent reinforcements of this expectation allow students to develop this skill.
Conventions of language are the rules broadly agreed upon as standard for communicating in written or oral form. In second grade, these include using correct word order, pronouns, subject-verb agreement, word tenses, and complex-compound sentences when speaking.
a word or phrase that identifies the subject matter of a text or speech