perform language functions that allow them to interpret discourse
Indicators for this outcome
(a) engages in previewing or hearing activities that orient students to the discourse, such as providing background knowledge, recalling what is already known;
(b) after hearing/viewing/reading discourse:
  • demonstrates comprehension of main idea and details; demonstrates recognition of language techniques used for effectiveness of presentation;
  • identifies examples of implied or indirect language; and examines purpose, such as hedging and avoidance;
  • identifies the form of discourse chosen to match the purpose and audience, such as an interview, music, etc.;
  • identifies the dilemma or conflicts and resolution faced by the main character in moral stories;
  • reflects on personal lessons learned from moral stories; and,
  • identifies examples of puns and jokes; and examines their construct and purpose, such as gentle criticism, audience involvement. etc.