Staying On Task

Educational Objective: The student will remain focused on schoolwork for an appropriate amount of time.
Language Arts Standard: Reading and Writing

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play. Click here to download student rubric

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm Worksheet
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Eliminate distractions in your work environment, such as clearing your desk of unnecessary materials.
2. Get the instruments you'll need for the task, such as a pencil, paper, protractor, colored pens, etc.
3. Review the entire assignment. Estimate how long it will take you to complete it.
4. Break the task into smaller parts if needed. Estimate the time.
5. Look at the clock and know what time you started.
6. Focus on the work for a predetermined number of minutes.
7. Take a break as needed.

8. Reward yourself for competing an assignment.

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

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the student the eliminate distractions in his work environment?    
Did the student get the instruments you'll need for the task?    
Did he review the entire assignment and estimate how long it will take?    
Did he break the task into smaller parts if needed?    
Did he look at the clock and know what time he started?    
Did he focus on the work for a predetermined number of minutes?    
Did he take a break as needed?
Did he reward himself for competing an assignment?    

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: (During the role play)
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:
(During the role play)
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:
(During the role play)
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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