Taking A Seat at a Concert

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

Materials Needed:
Brainstorm Form: Places with theater-type seating
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play.

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: When might you need to take an empty seat in the middle of a row?
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look for evidence that the seat in the middle of the row is not taken.
2. Address the person in the aisle seat in the row you want to enter with "Excuse me.".
3. In a polite tone of voice, ask, "Is that seat taken?"
4. If it is available, ask "Will you excuse me?"
5. The person should stand to make room for you to pass.
6. Say "excuse me" and "thank you" as you pass others sitting in the row.

• 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 look for evidence that the seat in the middle of the row was not taken?    
Did the student get the attention of the person in the aisle seat by saying "excuse me?"
Did the student politely ask if the seat was taken?    
Did the student ask "Will you excuse me?"    
Did he say "excuse me" and "thank you" as he passed each person in the row?    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


Note: When leaving in the middle of the performance, just say "excuse me" to the person next to you. People will see what is going on and move accordingly. There is no need to talk, unless someone is unaware you are trying to pass.

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