Resources for Teachers

Literacy Work Stations for
Speaking, Listening, & Language

(Excerpt from Growing Independent Learners)

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Lit work stations

Elementary School Persuasive Speech Unit

Plymouth Massachusetts has provided lessons for their district’s 3rd grade persuasive speech unit. How to write an opinion piece and how to deliver a persuasive speech are included here.



From the website:

“Listening is powerful. Why practice listening? Because listening comprehension is fundamental to literacy.”

In addition to listening for comprehension, we believe the podcasts at the site offer opportunities for listening for analyzing speaking skills. Don’t just listen for information, listen for how the information is presented.

First PowerPoint, then Prezi, now Sway. A new way to “create…visually stunning presentations” according to the website. Sway is a Microsoft product that opened with little fanfare but deserves more. Presentation templates are preset for various purposes, e.g., persuasion: here is the main point slide, the evidence slides, and so on. All students need to do is fill in the blanks. Huge: an image bank is included! No need to bring in images from elsewhere.