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.
Knowledge and Skills Statement
A knowledge and skills statement is a broad statement of what students must know and be able to do. It generally begins with a learning strand and ends with the phrase “The student is expected to:” Knowledge and skills statements always include related student expectations.
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.
- 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.