Reading Comprehension: Listening & Viewing Spoken Word

Reading Comprehension: Listening & Viewing Spoken Word
Reading Comprehension: Listening & Viewing Spoken Word
Reading Comprehension: Listening & Viewing Spoken Word
Reading Comprehension: Listening & Viewing Spoken Word
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Comprehension Practice - Listening & Viewing - Spoken Word

In a world full of headlines and click-bait, we could all use a little practice in listening. This lesson provides students (and teachers!) an opportunity to practice listening for understanding and then analyzing the role of visual performance in how we comprehend the spoken word.

Through 4 carefully curated spoken word performance, students will grapple with topics of bullying, being oneself as a force of positive change in the world, how to healthily engage with the world around us, and resiliency in the face of stereotypes.

All performances are by poets who are teens or in their twenties, there is no profanity, and while the topics are mature the messages are positive.

Unique details of this lesson?
- All performances are by teens or people in their twenties (making the delivery more relatable to our students)
- There is no profanity, 3 of the 4 are TEDx performances
- The 4th poem is accompanied by animation, offering a unique way for students to engage with the poem
- Listening comprehension is approached in two ways: the lesson starts with students just listening to the poem, relying solely on what they hear. Then students watch the performance. This allows students to make connections among the many ways we receive information and the way we comprehend.
- The Audience Guide can be used for other activities that you do in your classroom where students need to listen and watch critically, for comprehension.

This lesson will take at least 60 - 90 minutes to complete. The time needed to listen/watch all four performances once is approximately 20minutes, they each range from 2:28 to 7:38 minutes.

This detailed lesson includes:
- Aligned CCSS Anchor Standards
- Aligned Teaching Tolerance & Anti-Bias Anchor Standards
- Links to the 4 performances
- Audience Guided (one-page for listening, one-page for viewing)

Skills developed in this lesson
- Evaluating a speaker's point-of-view, reasoning, & use of evidence & rhetoric
- Evaluating information presented in diverse media & formats, including visually & orally
- Applying knowledge of language to comprehend more fully when listening
- Understanding how language functions in different contexts

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Off The Beaten Path - Curriculum & Instruction

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6 pages
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