As you know, the Common Core Standards cover speaking and listening skills, and many districts are requiring assessment of these skills. This pack will help you formatively and summatively assess your students for the SL.1 standard.
I have included the student directions, sheets, rubrics, and links to articles and texts to use in the discussions. These articles can be easily converted into easier or harder Lexile levels to adjust for your grade level or provide differentiation in your own classroom.
I like to use articles that provoke interest and conversation between students. In my classroom, I do assess this standard twice a year – once in the first quarter and again in the third quarter. I start off the quarter with a formative assessment and then spend the rest of the quarter helping individual students to sharpen specific discussion skills. Then, I give the summative assessment at the end of the quarter.