Disagreeing Respectfully

Educational Objective: The student will appropriately express an opinion contrary to another.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and 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 the student rubric, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and address them by their name.
Stand about an arm's length away.
3. Look pleasant, even though this takes effort on your part.
4. Actively listen to their point of view. Demonstrate your comprehension by restating what they said.
5. Share your point of view using polite language. "I understand how you feel, but let me share how I see things."
6. Give reasons why you disagree. Use specific facts.
7. Watch how the other person responds with facial expressions and body language as you speak.
8. Let him respond verbally to what you said.
9. You may agree to disagree.

10. Thank the person with a handshake.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion following completion of Rubric below.
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Role Play Rubric

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person and address them by his name?    
Did the speaker stand about an arm's length away?    
Did the speaker look pleasant?    
Did the speaker actively listen to their point of view?    
Did the speaker share his point of view using polite language?    
Did the speaker give reasons why he disagreed? Use specific facts?    
Did the speaker watch how the listener responded?    
Did the speaker let him respond verbally?    
Did the speaker resolve the disagreement or agree to disagree?    
Did the speaker thank the person with a handshake?    

Additional Comments or Observations:______________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Write a letter of complaint to a company.

6th Grade
Reading Standards: Disagreements in writing
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: Read and write a letter about a disagreement,
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: Read and write a letter about a disagreement,
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.