Showing Appreciation

Educational Objective: The student will express thanks to someone else in an appropriate manner.
Language Arts Standard: Speaking and Writing, all middle school grades.

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Brainstorm Form
Writing Materials for Thank You Letter

Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm-times when you needed to thank someone
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and use their name.
2. Use a pleasant, sincere tone of voice.
3. Say "Thank you for..." and state the act for which you are expressing gratitude.
4. Offer to help someone with something you can do. "If there is ever anything I can do for you, please let me know."
5. Always use a sincere tone of voice.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion - Completion of rubric
• Applications: Write a thank you note or make a thank you card. Example below:

Dear Aunt Sally,
Thank you so much for the birthday money. I am saving for a new dirt bike. Your generous gift has really helped me toward meeting my goal. Your kindness is so deeply appreciated.


• Independent Uses: Write a business thank you letter. Read letters in class.

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the student look at the person and use his name?    
Did the student use a pleasant, sincere tone of voice?    
Did the student say "Thank you for.." and state the act for which he is thankful?    
Did the student offer to help someone with something he could do?    
Did the student use a sincere tone of voice?    

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.