No Series: Talk Moves: Developing Communication Skills

ELA.SL.5.1b

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening
  • 5:  5th Grade
  • 1b:  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative
    discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled)
    with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and
    texts, building on othersâ\x80\x99 ideas and expressing
    their own clearly.

    a. Come to discussions prepared, having read
    or studied required material; explicitly draw
    on that preparation and other information
    known about the topic to explore ideas under
    discussion.

    b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and
    carry out assigned roles.


    c. Pose and respond to specific questions by
    making comments that contribute to the
    discussion and elaborate on the remarks of
    others.

    d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw
    conclusions in light of information and
    knowledge gained from the discussions.

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ELA.SL.5.1c

Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • SL:  Speaking and Listening
  • 5:  5th Grade
  • 1c:  Engage effectively in a range of collaborative
    discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled)
    with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and
    texts, building on othersâ\x80\x99 ideas and expressing
    their own clearly.

    a. Come to discussions prepared, having read
    or studied required material; explicitly draw
    on that preparation and other information
    known about the topic to explore ideas under
    discussion.

    b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and
    carry out assigned roles.

    c. Pose and respond to specific questions by
    making comments that contribute to the
    discussion and elaborate on the remarks of
    others.


    d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw
    conclusions in light of information and
    knowledge gained from the discussions.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.2 MB)

Talk Moves: Developing Communication Skills

Lesson Objective: Revoicing, restating, and reasoning create structure for discussions
Grade 5 / All Subjects / Interaction
ELA.SL.5.1b | ELA.SL.5.1c

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What is the purpose of revoicing?
  2. What element does tossing a ball add to this strategy?
  3. What is the purpose of restating and applying your own reasoning?

19 Comments

  • Private message to Lali Mendoza

I really like the idea of "Talk Moves" and how doing class exercises like these help to keep the students engaged in learning while also working to develop their communication skills. I think this exercise in particular was really useful because of the different levels of communication the teacher incorporated: revoicing, restating, and applying reasoning. I think guiding students through each of these levels of communication helps students to reinforce their abilities and build so that they can become more effective communicators. I also really enjoyed that this activity was being used to empower English learning students, and could provide them with a strategy to better prepare them for learning in an English speaking setting.

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  • Private message to Mary Salmon

A strategy using a ball to stimulate the brain to think and communicate.  By throwing the ball it gives each of  the students the chance  to revoice, restate and apply your own reasoning.  It helps ELL learners to develop communication skills.  It is a strategy that could be use at the learners level and motivates the students to use their words in the classroom. 

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  • Private message to neelima kothapalli

 1)It consists of re-uttering a student's contribution in the form of repeating, summarizing, elaborating, or translating someone else's speech(reproducing)..its a way of improving communication skills of students.

2)Tossing a ball increases the students attentiveness and enthusiasm as he waits for his turn.It makes him recall everything

3)It improves logical -thinking skills of students

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  • Private message to Ulupi Patel

It helps to examine the effects of teachers’ revoicings on the students’, the way of reproducing.  It also helps to make clearer the connection between the styles of the actual pronunciation, punctuation made while speaking and that of students’ recalls focusing on teachers’ revoicings. Tossing the ball helps students to be attentive and listening carefully, so that they recall when their turn comes. Students communicate with their own reasoning of the statement and what they have understoodThe purpose of restating and applying. It also promotes higher order thinking among students. Communication can be extended by think, pair and share.

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  • Private message to Kevin Diep
I did a similar activity in a classroom where students would restate what the other person have said to build a communication and attentive task during what is spoken. This idea of either disagreeing with a student gives out possibilities to see another person's point of view instead of being one sided. Great idea and concept.
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Transcripts

  • TIPS & TRICKS: “Talk Moves” – Program Transcript

    TIPS & TRICKS: Paul Lowe – “Talk Moves”
    PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
    Paul Lowe (Interview):

    TIPS & TRICKS: “Talk Moves” – Program Transcript

    TIPS & TRICKS: Paul Lowe – “Talk Moves”
    PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT
    Paul Lowe (Interview):
    “Talk Moves” is a strategy or a technique that you can use to improve and
    develop communication skills in the classroom.
    Lowe:
    Okay, Jackie, pass the ball to somebody else.
    “Talk Moves”
    Lowe (Interview):
    The Talk Moves basically is where you are developing ways to communicate.
    Lowe:
    Be ready to either say what somebody else said, word for word, or say it in your
    own words, or you might even disagree!
    Lowe (Interview):
    And we use this especially when we have a population of––I have 95% language
    learners. It starts off with ‘Revoicing,’ where a student repeats exactly what
    another student says.
    Lowe:
    Does anybody know anything about Memorial Day?
    Student:
    Yeah, they have, like, a big memorial only for that ship and all those people who
    died.
    Lowe (Interview):
    I found the ball to be a little bit more interactive. Kids that have a lot of energy
    need to get up and move around. It keeps their senses stimulated. And then
    ‘Restating’ is the second step, where you say what somebody else said in your
    own words.
    Student:
    That you remember about the soldiers that died.
    Lowe (Interview):
    The third step is when students apply their own reasoning.
    Lowe:
    Apply your own reasoning: Charles, do you agree or disagree with what Brian
    said, and why?
    Lowe (Interview):
    And this is where you get to disagree with what somebody else says: “Okay, well,
    I can hear that, and I can repeat that, then I can say it in my own words. Now, I
    can apply my own reasoning.” Well, it gives them the opportunity to speak and
    start developing communication with each other.

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Charles White Elementary School
2401 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90057
Population: 335

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