Deciding The Right Time To Ask

Educational Objective: The student will make a decision about the right time to approach someone for a favor.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with costumes
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
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Look at the situation. Is the person busy? Preoccupied? Talking with someone else?
2. Look at the person's body language, i.e. facial expression, gaze and posture.
3. Assess the person's mood.
4. Think of something you might offer to do in return.
5. Be sure the favor is something that the person is able to do for you.

• Practice assessing skill with videos, or skits in which students pretend to be in different situations.
• Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: Did the student... (Students use verbal asides, i.e. talk outloud) No Yes
Look to see if the person was busy or was approachable    
Evaluate the person's body language    
Look at the person's facial expression to assess mood    
Ask politely using "may"    
Ask the person for something that the person was able to do    
Offer something in exchange for the favor    

Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________________



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.