Responding To Rumors

Educational Objective: The student will respond appropriate when someone approaches him and begins to tell a rumor.
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
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Look at the person directly and use his name.
2. Make a neutral response or correct any misinformation with facts you know.
3. Change the topic as soon as possible.
4. If the information is untrue, consider reporting this to an adult.
5. Assure yourself that you will always be factual in sharing information.
6. Remember to treat others like you would like to be treated.
7. You may want to think about the person who is spreading the rumor.

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

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: Note: Students use asides to indicate thinking. No Yes
Did the speaker look at the person directly and use his name?    
Did the speaker make a neutral response or correct any misinformation ?    
Did the speaker change the topic as soon as possible?    
If the information is untrue, did the speaker consider reporting this to an adult?    
Did the speaker assure himself that he will always be factual?    
Did the speaker remember to treat others like you would like to be treated?    
Did the speaker think about the person who is spreading the rumor?

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


Other Standards Address in Lesson:

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.