Today, the class will work on (7.SL.1) & (7.SL.5) common core speaking/listening standards during a view & respond activity about Jonylah Watkins: Chicago Baby Shot While Dad Changed Diaper. I came across this story while reading the news, and it’s a very sad topic. The activity will begin with a handout that can be viewed [here]. I will select volunteers to read the news article to give the background to the story. Students will be prompted to use their active listening skills (who, what, why, where, when) during the viewing of CNN news clip [here]. Once the news clip is complete, I will give students about 3-5 minutes to jot down any information they couldn’t during the viewing as well as answer the questions (4 of them) to help guide the impending discussion. I will then open the floor up for discussion by asking initial reactions. This is a very mature topic. That being said, I think it’s important to see what our youth is thinking and what they have to say about it all. This is a very important topic about safety in general as well as violence they may see or hear about. One of my main objectives with this type of view and respond is to engage, effectively, in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own point(s) of views clearly. I hope to reach that outcome through the multimedia source presented as well as notes using 5W’s format, discussion, and the view/respond handout.