Speaking and Listening Strategies

Speaking and listening are the foundations of literacy in the content areas, yet explicit instruction in communication and conversation skills rarely occurs after elementary school. The inclusion of standards for speaking and listening in the revised Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core underscores the need to teach our students how to express themselves clearly, creatively, and for a variety of purposes, how to listen thoughtfully, how to question, and how to learn from each other.   

Five Core Skills
Accountable Talk
Think, Pair, Share

Written Conversations
Take a Stand
Gallery Walks

Audio Compositions
Socratic Seminars
Fishbowl Discussions
Harkness Discussions