Common Core Standards
Speaking and Listening 6th Grade
Comprehension and Collaboration

1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative
discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led)
with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and
issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their
own clearly.
a. Come to discussions prepared having read or
studied required material; explicitly draw on that
preparation by referring to evidence on the topic,
text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under
b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific
goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as
c. Pose and respond to specific questions with
elaboration and detail by making comments that
contribute to the topic, text, or issue under
d. Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate
understanding of multiple perspectives through
reflection and paraphrasing. (6.SL.1)

  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Prepare for Discussions
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Respond to Ideas and Questions
  • Reflect and Build on Ideas
2. Interpret information presented in diverse media
and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, and orally)
and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or
issue under study. (6.SL.2)

  • Interpret Information and Relate It to a Topic,
    Text, or Issue
3. Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims,
distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons
and evidence from claims that are not. (6.SL.3)

  • Evaluate Claims in a Speaker’s Argument
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

4. Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas
logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and
details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use
appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear
pronunciation. (6.SL.4)

  • Present a Report

  • Levels of Language
  • Use Formal English
  • Use Informal English
5. Include multimedia components (e.g.,
graphics, images, music, and sound) and visual displays
in presentations to clarify information. (6.SL.5)
6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks,
demonstrating command of formal English when
indicated or appropriate. (See grade 6 Language
standards 1 and 3 for specific expectations.) (6.SL.6)