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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. Listen to students use or attempt to use new vocabulary terms when responding about a book or topic. 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.

When assessing student responses, evaluate them with a rubric. The rubric can be applied to oral and written responses.

Sample rubric:

  • The student does not attempt to use newly-acquired vocabulary.
  • The student attempts to use newly-acquired vocabulary but does not use it appropriately.
  • The student uses newly-acquired vocabulary appropriately with adult assistance.
  • The student uses newly-acquired vocabulary appropriately with minimal to no adult assistance.


This rubric may be included as one section of 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 second grade, the focus is on getting students to use vocabulary authentically in a logical context. This means the student is not overusing the vocabulary and is using words correctly in a sentence.