Maintaining Friendships

Educational Objective: The student will identify key factors that make a friendship endure?
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking, Extensions of Reading and Writing

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 aspects of a friendship that are critical.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Remember the rules about registers
2. Keep secrets between you.
3. Be honest.
4. Don't gossip
5. Be respectful
6. Now and then express your appreciation for your friendship, like saying something in a birthday card.
7. Use empathy and be a good listener.
8. Don't put your friends in harm's way or tempt them by doing something illegal.

9. Be willing to forgive mistakes and misunderstandings.

10.Stay focused on your common interests.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion

Rubric for the Role Play or Evaluation

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations & Guidelines No Yes
Did the friends share private jokes and codes & similar unspoken values?    
Did the friends keep secrets and confidences between them?    
Were the friends always honest with one another?    
Did the friends avoid gossip?    
Were the friends respectful of each other?    
Did the friends express appreciation to each other?    
Were the friends good listeners?
Did the friends respect boundaries of their expectations with each other?    
Did the friends forgive each other when mistakes were made?    
Did friends maintain several common interests between themselves?    
Score or Points

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


• Applications
• Independent Uses

Additional Comments: _____________________________________________________________________________

Other Standards Address in Lesson: Read Literary Passages about Friendships

6th Grade
Reading Standards
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
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
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.

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