Learning to Disagree

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate appropriate ways to express an idea or opinion that is in opposition to someone else's.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with Costumes
Colored Pencils and 8" x 11" sheets of paper (for making a get well card)
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and use his name.
2. Appear to be sincere and not emotionally involved in your disagreement.
3.Use a pleasant voice that says you are calm.
4. Use short sentences.
5. Smile
6. Actively listen to the other person's point of view.
7. Think before you speak.
8. State why you feel differently, giving specific reasons for your thoughts.
9. Be sure that your reasons are accurate and logical.
10. Be prepared to agree to disagree.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill Being Practiced: _____________________________

Behavior of Speaker: No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person and use his name?    
Did the speaker appear to be sincere and not emotionally involved?    
Did the speaker se a pleasant voice that says he was calm?    
Did the speaker use short sentences?    
Did the speaker smile?    
Did the speaker actively listen to the other person's point of view?    
Did the speaker think before he spoke?    
Did the speaker state why he felt differently?    
Did the speaker sure that his reasons were accurate and logical?
Was the speaker prepared to agree to disagree?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Use written letters to express the controversy,

6th Grade
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.

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