Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.


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Unpacking the Standard: SL.1.4
Student Friendly Learning Target: SL.1.4
Visual Representation of Learning Target: SL.1.4

  • describe
  • things
  • describing words
  • details

  • familiar
  • feelings
  • events
  • places

  • relevant
  • people
  • additional
  • ideas

  • The ability to describe familiar people, places, things and events supports oral language development, vocabulary acquisition, an understanding of English grammar, and speaking and listening standards across grade levels. 
  • When students focus on key ideas and details as they describe people, places, things and events, they begin to discern what is most important and relevant. This analytical thinking is essential across grade levels and content areas. 
  • Recalling details about familiar people, places, things, and events supports the student’s use of long term and working memory during the learning process. 
  • Students who can clearly express their feelings as they describe things that are familiar are acquiring the ability to recognize feelings and emotions of fictional and non-fictional characters as well as feelings expressed through poetry, plays, and speeches. This not only supports richer, more mature comprehension, but also enhances reading enjoyment and engagement with text. 
  • When students provide descriptions of things familiar to them they are encouraged to reflect and visualize. The ability to reflect and visualize support higher levels of comprehension. 
  • Providing descriptions of familiar people, places, things, and events improves students understanding of narratives and their structure, which helps children tell and write their own stories.

  • How does the ability to describe familiar people, places, things, and events support reading comprehension and writing skills?
  • What strategies are useful to help students describe things familiar to them?
  • What techniques can teachers use to prompt students to add or expand details used in oral descriptions?
  • What materials, such as graphic organizers, help students pay attention to and include details in oral descriptions?
  • What strategies support students recognizing and clearly expressing their feelings about familiar persons, places, things, and events? 
  • How do feelings help listeners understand what other persons say or write?
  • How are oral language tasks assessed?

Go to SL.K.4 to see skills mastered prior to this.
Go to SL.2.4 to see the progression of related skills.