Reflection: Accountability Argumentative Dialogue Presentations - Section 3: Student Presentations


I noticed in the past few years that students can not hold their attention when their peers present work over a few minutes. They can get easily distracted and lose attention rather quickly. With this in mind, it's important to give students a focus for their listening. They don't have the innate ability, especially at this age, to focus for a purpose. As the teacher, I give them a purpose so they have a reason to listen. In this lesson, I have student try to listen to the various criteria of argumentative writing. This serves two purposes. It forces the students to listen, which forces them to be engaged. It also allows me to determine if they can find these areas of argumentative writing they we can discussed.

In many of the conversations I've had with other teachers and many of the research I've read about the Common Core, there is not much talked about in regards to speaking and listening. My district has had a set of standards for those two for some years, but I think for many teachers making sure to teach speaking and listening directly is going to be new, especially on a middle-school level. It seems many times we teach speaking skills, whether it's large presentations or small groups discussions, but sometimes the listening skills fall to the wayside, especially by eighth grade. It's important to find those moments when listening skills be taught, as well as assessed. I, and I think many others feels the same way, assume that by eighth grade students know how to listen, but is that always the case? I'm not sure if they know those skills directly.


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  Accountability: Focus For Listening
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Argumentative Dialogue Presentations

Unit 6: Research Paper: Influential Lives Part II
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: SWBAT present findings of preliminary research through argument dialogues.

Big Idea: Who is more influential? Let the class decide!

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