Common Core and Channel One: Using Listening Skills

By Monica Burns 04.01.2014 blog
Common Core and Channel One: Using Listening Skills

The Common Core State Standards stress the importance of developing real world skills. When it comes to college and career readiness, an entire set of anchor standards focuses on speaking and listening. If you’re looking to help teens build their listening skills, Channel One News has you covered. Channel One’s daily news videos offer the perfect tools for supporting the development of stronger listening skills.

In addition to the standards designed for specific grade levels, the broad College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening examine what students should be able to do throughout middle and high school. These anchor standards directly connect to the more specific ones outlined for each grade level.

Students are asked to “integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally” (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2). Teachers can choose a video from Channel One News and ask students to complete an activity based on what they’ve seen and heard. Students could take notes on a news report and summarize the key points of the current events story. You could assign students to watch a news report and combine it with a print article to write an opinion piece.

Another anchor standard for speaking and listening asks students to “evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric” (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.3). Since this standard expects teens to evaluate information they’ve listened to, you may want to have students write down questions that they feel the news report left unanswered. Students could also listen to a current events video and develop a list of possible research topics based on what they heard mentioned in the clip. The use of evidence is an important English Language Arts skill. As readers, students should be able to cite information from a text to demonstrate understanding. As writers, they will need to support an opinion or thesis statement with evidence. When listening to a news clip, students can decide if the evidence presented is related to the main idea of the story or if there is a stronger piece of evidence they could have chosen.

Listening is an important skill for students of all ages. Middle school and high school students have to sort through information from many media sources. By teaching them how to be good listeners, you are preparing them to go out into the world and analyze what they hear before repeating misinformation or making snap judgments. Try using Channel One News clips to develop your students into strong listeners.

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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  1. Becca Berkley

    I love channel one news a lot! I watch it every day in class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it all the time! I love the weekend raps a lot! I think it’s good for students to watch Channel One. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Becca Berkley

    I love channel one news a lot! I watch it every day in class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it all the time! I love the weekend raps a lot! I think it’s good for students to watch Channel O

  3. Emilia Andrews

    Kids and teens should pay attention in school because school is very important for your education. You should pay attention so you know what is going on in class because most kids get distracted and have no idea what to do or is going on? I believe that this is a great idea.

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