Accepting An Apology

Educational Objective: The student will gracious accept an apology from someone who is truly sorry for his behavior.
Language Arts Standard: Reading, Writing, Listening & 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 Student's Form
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The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person who is apologizing.
2. Make a judgment about their sincerity by facial expression, tone of voice, gaze & posture?
3. Listen to what they are saying to you.
4. Try to understand their point of view.
Nod that you understand.
5. Thank them for explaining the situation
6. Stand about an arm's length away.
7. Thank them for the apology. "I see what happened" or "I accept your apology."

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion Completion of Rubric for each role play
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Behavior: No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person making the apologizing?    
Did the speaker make a judgment about the sincerity (perhaps an aside to audience)?    
Did the speaker listen actively, perhaps restating what was said?    
Did the speaker nod to indicate comprehension of what was said?    
Did the speaker thank the subject for his explanation?    
Did the speaker stand about an arm's length away throughout the apology?    
Did the speaker thank the subject for his apology or indicate acceptance of the apology?    

Other Comments or Observations: __________________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Give students a letter of apology from a friend to read. Have the students respond in a letter of acceptance.

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.