Exchanging Gifts

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate a knowledge of the rules concerning giving a gift to someone else.
Language Arts Standard: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with costumes
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play. To download the student rubric, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
*It is extremely important that the students have been taught the concept of registers and that exchanging gifts needs to follow the guidelines of levels in order to be appropriate.
*Students should be forewarned not to accept any gift from a stranger. Strangers do not exchange gifts. If a stranger does, he may be seeking to engage someone inappropriately.
* Exchanging gifts of
a personal nature is not appropriate either, unless the individuals are married.
• Introductory Activity
: Brainstorm a Gift for a friend's birthday
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Choose a gift that is appropriate
> Remember that "It's the Thought That Counts"
> The monetary value of the gift should be within your means
> The gift should be something you think the other person would like
> Functional
gifts like clothing should only be given by family members
> Personal gifts such as fragrances, undergarments and most jewelry should be given only by the closest of persons.
> Gifts are not necessarily a tangible item.
2. Include a card with the gift. (The recipient reads the card before opening the gift.)
3. Say, "I thought this is something that you would enjoy on your (state occasion)."
4. Say "You're welcome" when you are thanked.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications: Make up cards for different occasions. Students draw and write in them.
• Independent Uses

Rubric for Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill Being Practiced: _____________________________

Behavior of Speaker: No Yes
Was the gift appropriate? (See criteria listed above.)    
Was the monetary value of the gift within the means of the giver?    
Did the student give a present that was appropriate and neutral?    
Was the gift something the person would probably like?    
Did the speaker include a card with it?    
Did the speaker wish the receiver of the gift an appropriate greeting?    
Did the speaker say "You're welcome," when thanked by the receiving person?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Have the student write a thank you note. The letters will be read to the class.

6th Grade
Reading Standards
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings.
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations
Writing Strategies
1.1 Choose the form of writing (e.g. personal letter, poem or narrative) that best suits the intended purpose.
1.6 Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas.
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Reading Standards
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials.
3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through thoughts, words and speech patterns.
Writing Strategies
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage.
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
Reading Standards
1.1 Analyze idioms, analogies, metaphors and similes to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g. place, time, customs) to the mood, tone and meaning of text.
Writing Strategies
2.1 Write a clear, coherent incident, event or situation by using well chosen details.
2.5 Present information purposely and succinctly and meet the needs of the intended audience.
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.