Being A Good Listener

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate behaviors consistent with being a good listener.
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: Brainstorm when you needed to be a good listener
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Look at the person and use his name.
2. Listen actively.
3. Use place holders like "uh huh" and "yeah" to indicate you are listening.
4. Continue to look directly at the person.
5. Restate what you heard to demonstrate your comprehension.
6. Avoid making judgments about what the speaker is saying.
7. It is polite to agree with your friends.
8. Remember that "silence is consensus." If you say nothing, it usually means that you agree.
9. Keep restating what you've heard.
10. Make a comment if you have an appropriate and similar experience to share.

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

Other Standards Address in Lesson:

Rubric for Observation and Role Play:

Rubric for Role Play:

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Behavior No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person and use their name?    
Did the speaker listen actively?    
Did the speaker use place holders like "uh huh" to indicate he was listening?    
Did the speaker maintain eye contact and appropriate distance?    
Did the speaker restate wait the subject said to confirm his comprehension?    
Did the speaker avoid making judgments?    
Did the speaker validate his subject's feelings?    
Was the speaker silent most of the time?    
Did the speaker share one of his experiences?    
Did the speaker appropriately touch the subject or use gestures?    

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.