To Kill a Mockingbird is full of opportunities for students to discuss issues and ideas, as well as their knowledge of the text. Speaking and listening are key strands of most language arts classes, but they are often the most overlooked. These task cards provide teachers with a quick and easy way to allow their students to practice these all important skills.
This file includes cards that you can use for pre-reading to get students thinking about important concepts in the novel, as well as ones for post-reading to have them explore their knowledge of the story.
The Task cards:
Are meant to be used for short, informal speaking opportunities; they are designed to build skills for other assessments & activities.
-Use for small group discussion or learning stations
-Assign to individual students for a short speech to the class
-Draw during class discussion and pose questions to individuals
-Use for student conferences
The cards come in five different categories:
What would you do?: These are based on moral and ethical dilemmas
and are best used in small groups to generate discussion & to practice speaking and listening skills. These are for pre-reading only.
Would You Rather?: These cards ask student to choose one of the
options on the card and then to defend their choice.
Make a case for or against: These cards contain debatable topics
and require that students take a stand on one side and then defend their choice.
Explain: These cards ask students to explain their ideas or to explain important ideas from the text
Describe: These cards ask students to describe something.
*Students should be allowed one “pass” if they don’t feel like they
can respond to one of the cards.
1.a) Copy the “Speaking Matters” notebook for your students.
b) Use the cards on the Powerpoint as a slide show to introduce the topics and allow students to jot down their initial re-actions in the notebook. You could do this in class or for homework. This option is best if you want your students to put more thought and detail into the speaking assignment.
2. Copy the “Station Titles” and use the cards at discussion stations.
3. Use the editable cards to add to the options that students have. (Note: all cards are editable, so you can tweak them if need be).
4. Use these speaking activities as skill building exercises only OR for summative assessment. Assessment checklists are included on the following pages. Use yourself and/or have your students do some peer assessment.
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