English Language Arts 11th Grade

Speaking and Listening

Anchor Standard

Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3

Power Standard

Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.3

"I can" Statements


  • I can define rhetoric.
  • I can define point of view and identify varying forms.
  • I can define main idea and identify the main idea or themes within a work.
  • I can define tone and identify the tone of a work.
  • I can identify a speaker’s reasoning sequence and evaluate links among ideas.


  • I can identify logical fallacies in a speaker’s argument and express how these weaken the premise.

What is an "I can" Statement?

"I can" statements are written in student friendly language, describing what is expected to be proficient in each essential skill and concept within the standard.

Academic Vovcabualry

  • · Point of view
  • · Main Idea
  • · Premise
  • · Reasoning (logical fallacies)
  • · Tone
  • Rhetoric

Suggested Question Stems and Teaching Strategies

  • What is rhetoric?
  • What is main idea/theme/premise?
  • What is point of view?
  • What is tone?
  • What are logical fallacies?
  • What is the main idea/theme/premise of this piece? How do you know?
  • What is the speaker’s point of view in this piece? How do you know?
  • What is the tone of this piece? How do you know?
  • Does the speaker’s point of view choice influence your perception/acceptance of the premise? How? Why?
  • Does the tone of the piece influence your perception/acceptance of the premise? How? Why?
  • Does the reasoning sequence make sense? Is it effective? Why or why not? How would you alter the reasoning to make it stronger?
  • What logical fallacies are present in the piece? How do these fallacies weaken the premise?
  • What questions would you ask of the speaker to clarify your understanding of the piece?