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2.6 Collaborative Conversations

The CA CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards expect students to participate in collaborative conversations. Teaching and practicing civil discourse in this way combines literacy development with history/social studies content, thereby modeling the importance of deliberate conversations in a democratic society and allows students opportunities to acquire this vital civic skill. The following Grade 1 Speaking and Listening Standards address collaborative conversations:

CA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

CA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL1.2: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

Comprehension and Collaboration

Select the link below for sample questions that can be used to lead students in collaborative conversations about rules and laws after they have had a chance to read a text on this topic. It is important to use questions that take the students back to the text to provide evidence and clarify meaning as they are discussing the following topics.

Sample Questions for Collaborative Conversations:

Research has shown discussing current issues benefits students in other areas. A University of Maryland study showed that students who took part in interactive discussions related to civic education scored highest on 21st century competencies that include working with others, and knowledge of economic and political processes."

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