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Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

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CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.



School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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First Grade

Speaking & Listening

Critical Content

Power Standards

  • Build on others’ talk in academic conversations by linking comments and questions to the key points and evidence provided by others. (SL.1.1b & RI 1.8)
  • Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. (SL 1.4)


Power Standards Critical Content

In the language of instruction, students will…

  • Participate in conversations with many different people, including adults
  • Identify and follow agreed upon rules for discussion
  • Make connections between the comments of others
  • Ask questions when one does not understand
  • Tell a story or share an experience with relevant facts and descriptive details using complete sentences and speaking in a clear voice
  • Read a text and identify the author’s key points
  • Look for reasons an author gives to say why his or her ideas make sense
  • Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text


Additional Critical Content

In the language of instruction, students will…

  • Identify and describe key ideas and details presented visually or orally
  • Ask and answer questions about a presentation
  • Create audio recordings of stories or poems and use visuals such as drawings or photographs to draw attention to certain facts or details
  • Speak in complete sentences


Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • Effective listening and speaking skills are critical for communicating, collaborating, understanding and evaluating our world.
  • Presentation of knowledge and ideas is enhanced through appropriate use of organization, style and language for a specific audience using various media formats.


Factual Guiding Questions

  • What makes collaboration meaningful?
  • Making meaning from a variety of sources; what will help?
  • What makes a presentation “great”?
  • What are specific strategies one should use when speaking in front of a group?


Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • How does one determine if information is important?
  • How does asking and answering questions improve comprehension?


Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • What is the best way to communicate to an audience?
  • Does it matter “what I say” and “how I say it”?


Language Considerations

Language General Transfer-Students must draw upon the following…

Non-cognitive transfer

  • Attention
  • Listening
  • Concentration
  • Persistence
  • Task Completion


Self-esteem transfer

  • Being literate
  • Feeling capable
  • Possessing specific competencies
  • Achieving
  • Believing in one’s ability to learn


Common among all languages

  • Develop Oral Language
  • Match speech to print
  • Contextualized literacy instruction
  • Meaningful
  • Active
  • Comparative
  • Recurrent


English language specific

  • Linear Deductive discourse pattern



Spanish language specific

  • Discourse pattern: Romance languages is development by digression
  • Distinguish between formal and informal style of speaking according to audience and purpose (TĂș vs. Usted)
  • Respect, honor and teach dialectical differences within culture and regions


English language development

  • Linear deductive discourse pattern
  • Visual support-context using pictures
  • Language scaffolding
  • Use home language to support English language development
  • Build upon background knowledge
  • Cross-linguistic transfer for reading and instruction
    • Concept of the letters, sounds, syllables, words, sentences
  • Meta-linguistic Awareness


Russian language specific

  • Distinguish hard from soft syllables in spoken word
  • Orally blend sounds (phonemes) including consonant blends
  • Segment spoken multiple syllable words into complete sequences of individual syllables
  • Distinguish between formal and informal language usage


Polish language specific

  • Distinguish between formal and informal language usage



Informal Assessments are used during the process of brainstorming, drafting, revision and editing or class discussions.

Anecdotal notes/documentation of the following in partner/small group/whole group discussions:

  • Listen to the comments of others and share one’s own ideas
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text or presentation for better understanding or when more information is needed
  • Identify places in text where ideas, thoughts, or feelings are not clear
  • Use complete sentences when talking


Formal Assessments are used as a measure of student achievement towards mastery of a skill and Power Standard. Often a formal assessment will result in a grade.

  • Identify and follow the agreed upon rules for discussion
  • Add drawings or visual displays (e.g., photos, collages, paintings) to clarify ideas, thoughts, or feelings