Following An Adult Direction

Educational Objective: The student will comply with directives in an appropriate step by step manner.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
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
• Introductory Activity: When might you given directions on the job?
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Make eye contact with the person.
2. Look for written directions that may add to the request.
3. Just say “okay.” Nod your head to indicate compliance.
4. Smile or appear pleasant...even if you feel differently.
5. Ask questions if you don’t understand. Ask for steps, if you need the task broken down.
6. You may restate the directions to be sure of the request.
7. Do the task as soon as possible.
8. Check back with the person when you have finished.
9. Thank the teacher if she took extra time to clarify the directions.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion: Complete Rubric during Role Play
• Applications
• Independent Uses


Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: (Dramatic asides needed) No Yes
Did the student make eye contact with the person?    
Did the student look for written directions that may add to the request. (Aside)
Did the student just say “okay?” Nod his head to indicate compliance?    
Dud he smile or appear pleasant...even if he felt differently? (Aside)    
Dud he ask questions if he didn't understand?    
Did he restate the directions to be sure of the request?
Did he do the task as soon as possible? (Aside)    
Dud he check back with the person when he had finished?    
Did he thank the subject if she took extra time to clarify the directions?    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


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
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.

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.

Rubric for Cooperative Learning Activities