Responding To Teasing

Educational Objective: The student will have an appropriate reaction when being teased by peers.
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: Probably avoid "Brainstorming" Use an Internet Resource
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Remain calm, but serious.
2. Assertively ask the person to stop teasing.
3. If the teasing continues, move away.
4. Ignore the teasing.
5. If the teasing stops, thank the person.
6. If it does not stop, report the situation to a grown-up you trust.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

See "Labeling" Exercise from Phil McGraw, Ph.D. (Dr. Phil)

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: (Students use dramatic asides to show thinking) No Yes
Did the student remain calm, but serious?    
Did the student assertively ask the person to stop teasing?    
Did the student, if the teasing continued, move away?    
Did the student ignore the teasing?    
Did the student, if the teasing stopped, thank the person?    
Did the student report the situation to a grown-up if the teasing continued?    

Additional 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.