Asking A Favor

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate appropriate behavior while making a request.
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

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm
• Define Steps and Sequences of the Skill.
1. Choose the right time and situation.
2. Ask the person for permission to talk to them, like "Dad, are you free to talk right now.?"
3. Look at the person directly and use their first name.
4. Use a voice that sounds like you're happy and the person is going to make you even happier.
5. Ask yourself if the request is reasonable.
6. Start your request with language like "Would you..." or "Would it be all right of..."
7. Be prepared to accept "no" for an answer.
8. Thank the person whether or not that granted you the favor.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion - Completion of Rubric
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Behavior of Speaker: No Yes
Did the speaker choose the right time and situation (role play aside)?    
Did he ask permission to speak?    
Did the speaker look the person in the eye and use their name?    
Did the speaker use an appropriate tone of voice?    
Did the speaker ask himself if this was a reasonable request (role play aside)?    
Did the speaker use language like "would"?    
Was the speaker ready to accept a "no" (role play aside)    
Did the speaker express thanks?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Compose a letter of request.

6th Grade
Reading Standards - Do role play in written form. Have half the class write a request, half respond 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- Do role play in written form. Have half the class write a request, half respond in writing.
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 - Do role play in written form. Have half the class write a request, half respond in writing.
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.