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Grade 3 Speaking Goals


Literacy Competencies

The speaking competencies common to all four ELA standards that students are developing during grade 3 are:



• Speak in response to the reading of imaginative and informational texts

• Use grade-level vocabulary to communicate orally ideas, emotions, or experiences for different purposes (e.g., share ideas about personal experience, books, or writing)

• Use conventional grammar

• Recognize what is relevant and irrelevant for a particular audience

• Communicate ideas in an organized and cohesive manner

• Vary formality of language according to purpose (e.g., conversation with peers, presentation to adults)

• Speak with expression, volume, pace, and facial or body gestures appropriate to the purpose of communication, topic, and audience

• Take turns in conversation and respond respectfully when speaking in a group

• Participate in group discussions

• Offer feedback to others during conferences


Grade-Specific performance indicators

The grade-specific performance indicators that grade 3 students demonstrate as they learn to speak include:


Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.

• Provide directions

• Ask questions

• Summarize, with assistance

• Describe a problem and suggest one or more solutions

• State a main idea with supporting details

• Present a short oral report, using at least two sources of information, such as a person, book, magazine article, or electronic text

- speak loudly enough to be heard by the audience

• Use complete sentences, using age- and content-appropriate vocabulary

• Use logical order in presentations

Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression.

• Present original works, such as stories, poems, and plays, to classmates

• Give book reviews, with assistance

• Describe characters and plot

• Make inferences

• Compare literary texts and performances to personal experiences and prior knowledge

• Explain cultural and ethnic features in literary texts, with assistance

• Ask questions to clarify and interpret literary texts and performance

• Discuss themes of literary texts, with assistance

• Use complete sentences, correct verb tense, age-appropriate vocabulary, and logical order in oral presentation

Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.

• Explain the reasons for a character’s actions, considering both the situation and motivation of the character

• Express an opinion or judgment about a character, setting, and plot in a variety of works

• Discuss the impact of format, illustrations, and titles in evaluating ideas, information, and experiences

• Express an opinion about school and community issues

• Analyze and evaluate new ideas by using personal experiences and knowledge

• Express an opinion, supporting it with text, about the accuracy of the content of literary works

• Communicate an interpretation of real or imaginary people or events through role play

• Use appropriate eye contact and gestures in presentations and responses

• Speak with appropriate rate and volume for the audience

• Take turns speaking in a group

Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.

• Respect the age, gender, social position, and cultural traditions of the listener when speaking

• Discuss the content of friendly notes, cards, letters, and personal narrative, with a partner or small group, in order to get to know the writer and each other

• Use the rules of conversation, such as avoid interrupting and respond respectfully