Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
- Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
- Build on others’ talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges.
- Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion.



  • listen
  • collaborate/cooperate
  • classroom talk

  • take turns
  • community
  • topic

  • conversation/discussion
  • discussion rules/norms
  • questioning for clarification

  what's this
  • Oral language development, the foundation for written language proficiency, is a strong predictor of reading and writing ability.
  • The ability to participate in group discussions is necessary for all content areas is an important skill in life.
  • Explaining ideas to peers provides students with opportunities to rehearse their understandings which facilitates reading comprehension and the production of written responses.
  • Peer discussions contribute to a motivating and engaging environment for students in all subject areas.

  • What structures and routines support speaking and listening skills in a classroom community?
  • What kinds of rules (norms) support students in having productive discussion?
  • How can students learn to stay on topic and build on others’ responses through multiple exchanges?
  • What strategies or tools can be used to assess the development of listening and speaking skills?

Go to SL.K.1 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to SL.2.1 to see the progression of related skills.