Objective: The student will consistently keep verbal agreements
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking, Reading & Writing
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during
each role play. To download the student rubric, click here
• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm- Commitments People Make-
Discuss the Handshake
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
Before you make a commitment be sure that it is something you can
do, considering your ability and time frame.
Know specifically what is involved, step by step.
3. Know when the commitment is to be finished. Set a date.
4. Identify benchmarks on your calendar.
5. Give the task your priority. Place reminders where you will see
6. If you cannot complete the commitment, apologize and do something
to show you are sorry.
Remember that commitments, even small ones, can later be used as
recommendations. The neighbor for whom you cut the lawn might give
you a good job recommendation.
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications - Verbal Agreements, Contracts
• Independent Uses
IDIOMS: "Let's shake on it." "I gave you my word."
for the Role Plays
(Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________
Date: _____________________ Observer's Name:___________________________________________
the student think it is something he could do?
he know specifically what was involved, step by step
he know when the commitment was to be finished. Set a date?
he identify benchmarks on his calendar?
he give the task his priority?
he apologize if he could not fulfil his commitment?
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.