Preparing Learners: Activating Prior Knowledge

Grades 6-8 / ELA / ELL
CCSS: ELA.SL.7.1c ELA.SL.8.1c

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

7

7th Grade

1c

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. 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.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. 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.

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others and, when warranted, modify their own views.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

8

8th Grade

1c

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. 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.

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.

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Developed in Partnership with Stanford University's

Objective

Analyze structural, organizational, grammatical, and lexical choices

Length

6 min

Questions to Consider

  • This lesson asks students to utilize various forms of "communicative functions" through the three-step interview. Why is this important for ELLs?
  • How does the structure of this task ensure that all students are engaged in the work?
  • How did Ms. Park-Friend activate her students' prior knowledge?

See the full playlist of the six videos in this ELL series.

Understanding Language aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and to improve education for English Language Learners.

Supporting Materials

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  • ELA Across Time and Space Full Unit.PDF

  • UL Slides for ELA Webinar.PDF

  • Understanding Language Materials.PDF

  • ELA Lesson 4 All Together Now.PDF

  • ELA Unit Introduction.PDF

  • Guidelines for ELA Instructional Materials Development.PDF

  • Key Principles for ELL Instruction.PDF

  • Worksheets - Persuasion in Historical Context - The Gettysburg Address.PDF

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Preparing Learners: Activating Prior Knowledge

Grades 6-8 / ELA / Ell

Preparing Learners: Activating Prior Knowledge