Interrupting Appropriately

Educational Objective: The student will follow appropriate guidelines for interrupting someone who is engaged in a conversation or activity.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Colored Pencils and 8" x 11" sheets of paper (for making a get well card)
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm times when students needed to interrupt someone. List activity or situation.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Determine if the other person is available to interact with you. This may take some judgment calls on your part. How important is it that you interrupt them? Will they be happy if you interrupt them?
2. Look at the person. If you can gracefully so do, get within their view.
3. Don't interrupt if they are speaking, unless it's an emergency.
4. If you must interrupt, say "Excuse me."
5. For your teacher, raise your hand and wait quietly. (Do not wave your hand or call out their name.)
6. When they acknowledge you and indicate it's all right to speak, start by saying "thank you.
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill Being Practiced: _____________________________

Behavior of Speaker: No Yes

Did the student determine if the other person was available to interact with him?

Did the student look at the person?    
Did the student avoid interrupting unless it was an emergency?    
If he had to interrupt, did he say "Excuse me?"    
Did he raise his hand quietly?    
Did the student thank the listener for giving his attention?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

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.