Improving Speaking and Listening | Speaking Task Cards

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3rd - 5th
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This was a fun way to get my EL students talking and we also used it for writing. The topics were very engaging. Thanks!
I used this with my Speaking and Listening program. It helped the students with their questioning skills.


What in the world is this resource about speaking and listening--and why is "Accountable Talk" such a buzzword these days? With the increased need for students to learn to have quality academic discussions and to be comfortable speaking in front of others, I wanted to create a fun way for students to gain confidence when speaking about different topics.

Want to have students practice in a morning meeting? In small groups? With partners? As a formal public speaking exercise? As a prewriting experience? You can use this resource for all of these!

I wanted to design a resource that could be used in countless ways…I will give you some suggestions, but I am CONFIDENT that you will be able to come up many other uses as well! Use all year long in different ways to build student confidence and skills.

What is included?

  • 140 Discussion prompt cards in three categories
  1. Personal narratives (to build the idea of telling stories with characters, a logical sequence, and feelings) 32 cards
  2. Opinions (to help students state an opinion and defend it clearly with examples) 32 cards
  3. Just a word (or 2) (to let students speak in ANY genre on a topic) Also included is "Just a word (or 2)" CHALLENGE (these topics are more challenging and may be more appropriate for older students) 24 cards
  • A variety of reproducibles, posters, and checklists to help you teach key concepts to guide your students as they speak--and even translate to writing!
  • Suggestions for use in your classroom

I hope you and your students enjoy this resource!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.


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