Keeping Agreements

Educational Objective: The student will consistently keep verbal agreements as promised.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking, Reading & Writing

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: Brainstorm- Commitments People Make- Discuss the Handshake
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Before you make a commitment be sure that it is something you can do, considering your ability and time frame.
2. 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 them.
6. If you cannot complete the commitment, apologize and do something to show you are sorry.

Note: 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."

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the student think it is something he could do?
Did he know specifically what was involved, step by step (Costs?) ?    
Did he know when the commitment was to be finished. Set a date?    
Did he identify benchmarks on his calendar?    
Did he give the task his priority?    
Did he apologize if he could not fulfil his commitment?    

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
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.