Objective: The student will express a compliment to someone in an
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking
• Identify Need
is extremely important that the students have been taught the concept
of registers and that giving compliments needs to follow the guidelines
of levels in order to be appropriate. A student, for example, would
not compliment the principal for doing one of the functions of his
job. A student doesn't have the qualifications to make evaluative
*It is equally important that the students learn that we compliment
people on what they have done, not for something over which they
hadn't any control. Compliments are not given for physical features
of an individual, such as "You have a beautiful shade of skin."
One may, however, give a compliment about what someone has done
to enhance their appearance if you are talking with an friend. "That
color of lipstick really is attractive on you." "I like
what you've done with your hair."
*Giving compliments of a personal or physical nature to a member
of the opposite sex may be misinterpreted as being offensive.
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
Look at the person and use their name.
2. Choose something that is appropriate to compliment.
3. Use a sincere tone of voice.
4. State the reason for the compliment. "I like the way you
played the game because you used an awesome strategy."
5. Did the speaker close the conversation by saying "You're
welcome" in response to the listener's "Thank you?"
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Independent Uses: Write a complimentary letter to someone
for Role Play
(Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________
Date: _____________________ Observer's Name:___________________________________________
Skill Being Practiced: _____________________________
|Did the speaker look at the person and use his/her name?
|Was the compliment appropriate?
|Did the speaker give a reason for the compliment?
|Did the speaker close the conversation by saying "You're
Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________
Address in Lesson:
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with multiple
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting
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
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener,
foster an acceptance of an idea.
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.
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks,
commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English
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.
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.
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.
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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