Helping Others

Educational Objective: The student will increase his personal self esteem by offering to assist someone with a task.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking
Literary Platform: Prentice Hall "The Underground Railroad"

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Read story. Students share times when they were helped or helped someone.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person's facial expression or body language. Does it seem like they need help?
Does the person look friendly? Is it safe to talk with them?
3. Avoid any physical contact with the person. Instead help them with the object they are struggling with.
4. Approach the person using the word "May." "May I help you with that?"
5. Use words to give advice or problem solve.
6. When the person thanks you, just say "it was my pleasure" or "no problem."

• 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 No
Speaking: Did the volunteer offer help using the word "may"?    
  Did the volunteer avoid physical contact?    
  If physical contact was needed, did he ask permission? "May I take your arm?"    
  Did he use an expression like "no problem" when he was thanked?    
  Did he say goodbye with an appropriate expression?    
  Did he hear the person say that they wanted help?    
  Did he listen to the person's statement of need?    
  Did he take turns in the conversation?    

Other Comments: _____________________________________________________


Standards Address in Lesson:

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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See also "Volunteering"