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Language Arts - Secondary Curriculum English Language Arts Grade 9-10
Lesson Plans

Speaking and Listening Standard 1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
  • Accessing Complex Text Through Structured Conversations
    Students use a structured format (an adaptation of Think-Pair-Share) to discuss and deconstruct complex text.
  • Analyzing Informational Text
    Students use the Informational Text Analysis Tool to deconstruct the essential elements of informational text.
  • GIST Summaries
    GIST is a strategy to help students write brief, accurate, and complete summaries of material they read. Students work together summarizing larger and larger portions of text, but keeping their summaries at 25 words or fewer.
  • Incorporating Informational Text: Article of the Week
    Students build their knowledge base and learn to read and summarize informational texts.
  • Using Protocols to Enhance Student Collaboration
    Students use a Tuning Protocol to give and receive peer-to-peer feedback on student writing in a structured, safe environment.
  • Written Conversation / Silent Discussion
    Silent Discussion takes the strengths of a well-managed verbal classroom discussion and moves into a written discussion. Some of the benefits of this move include:
    • all students participate
    • students practice writing in a low-stakes, social format
    • students engage with content skills and knowledge

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Naomi  Watkins and see the Language Arts - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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