Oral Communication Rubric, Elementary School-5th Grade

June 28, 2017

Interpersonal Communication Section – Focuses on the listening and speaking skills exhibited by individual students in a wide variety of informal conversations (e.g. student and teacher, student and student and expert). While there is some unavoidable overlap with the Collaboration Rubric, the Collaboration rubric emphasizes how teammates should talk to one another while collaborating.

Presentation Section – Focuses on the elements of a strong presentation. This section of the rubric could be used in its entirety to describe a complete presentation – though it’s often good to focus on a few dimensions (rows), or indicators (bullets). Useful for providing a group grade on a presentation.

Delivery Section – Focuses on the individual aspects of a presentation and can be used to provide individualized grades for a student in a presentation, even in the case of a group presentation.

Elementary – 5th Grade Note:

Effective oral communication looks similar at the middle school and elementary level, although the sophistication of the topics discussed will change, as will the sophistication of student communication. In addition, the 5th-grade rubric focuses on a slightly smaller set of indicators: the “affect” and “fluid speaking” indicators were removed, as those are more appropriate for older oral communicators.

Oral Communication Rubric, Elementary School-5th Grade


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