Formative Assessment: Collaborative Discussions

Grade 4 / ELA / Discussion

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards K-5


4th Grade


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

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Lesson Objective

Formatively assess understanding of effective collaborative discussions


15 minutes

Questions to Consider

  • How does Ms. Bouchard involve her students in establishing the learning goals and success criteria?
  • What observations does Ms. Bouchard make during the discussions?
  • How does Ms. Bouchard help the students assess their own learning?

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