Conversational Skills

Educational Objective: The student will engage with another student in a give and take
Language Arts Standard: Listening & Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with costumes
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

To Start:

1. Look at the person or persons that you want to talk with.
2. Address the people by their name.
3. Stand about an arm's length away from everyone.
4 .Wait until there is a pause in the conversation for you to start talking.
5 .Try to add information to the conversation.

During the conversation:
1. Always look at the people. Check out their body language and facial expressions.
2. You may change topics only when people are finished speaking on that subject.
3. When you change a topic it should usually be related to what you were speaking about earlier.
4. Ask questions about the topic.
5. Add information about the topic that you know.
6. Some people use touch to compliment their words, such as a pat on the back.
7. Be animated by using lots of gestures.

Ending the conversation

1. Make sure everyone has had a chance to talk.
2. Use closing expressions, like "i see that class is starting." Complement the other person. "You had really good ideas. It was good talking with you."
4. Thank the other person, "thanks for sharing with me."
5. Use a final closing statement like, "O. K., see you later."
6. Many people close their conversations with a handshake.

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

Rubric For Role Play

Student (Speaker)________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: ___________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Behaviors: No Yes
Did the speaker maintain an arm's length of distance between himself and subject?    
Did he maintain eye contact?    
Did he wait before joining the conversation?    
Did start his speaking on the same subject as the others?    
Did he add information?    
Did he take turns...even by just adding a nod or "uh huh"?    
Did he ask questions of the others?    
Did he use gestures?    
Did the speaker use a signal to start the end of the conversation?    
Did the speaker make a closing statement, like "see you later"?    

Additional Comments or Observations: _________________________________________


Other Standards Address in Lesson:

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.