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English Language Arts Standards » Kindergarten-Grade 12 » Speaking and Listening » Kindergarten


The following standards for K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Standards in this domain:

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • SL.K.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and textswith peers and adults in small and larger groups.
    • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
    • Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
  • SL.K.2. Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
  • SL.K.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.


Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • SL.K.4. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
  • SL.K.5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
  • SL.K.6. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  • IA.3. Recite familiar stories, poems, nursery rhymes, and lines of a play.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 20, 2014 at 4:21am.