Visiting a Sick Friend

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the guidelines for interacting with someone ill by participation in a role play.
Language Arts Standard: Writing, Listening & Speaking
Sample Literary Platform: "A Day's Wait" Prentice Hall Bronze

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 3 telephones
Colored Pencils and 8" x 11" sheets of paper (for making a get well card)
A blanket or sheet for the patient sitting in a chair

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

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: "Brainstorm" serious illnesses
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Telephone ahead to determine what time would be good for a visit. Use cell phone & roll play call.
2. Wear clean clothes and clothing that is "quiet." Face mask required?
3. Some hospitals will not allow cell phones.
4. Check in with the nurse's station.
5. Knock on the door. Get permission to enter slowly
6. Read your friend's body language and facial expressions.
7. Get near eye level with the person.
8. Greet the person, then let him chose the conversation.**
9. Do not ask "how are you doing?" Don't talk about fun things you are doing.
10. Make the visit short. Look at person's cues.
11. Close the conversation with "Thank you. I will be thinking about you."

** "I brought you some flowers and a card."

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion - See Role Play Evaluation Sheet Below or tell your printer to just print page 2.
• Applications: See Brainstorm
• Independent Uses
*Extensions: Make a "get well" card. Use appropriate graphic and language.
Reading a thermometer: What's normal? Reading Labels on Medicines.

Vocabulary:
Fever- reading a thermometer
Acute vrs. Chronic
Terminal Illness
Hospital words:

Idioms:
"I'm burning up."
"This is killing me."
"It makes me sick."

Role Play Rubric:

Role Play # ........
Date:_________ Observer's Name: _________________________
Student as Visitor_______________ Student as Patient____________
Student as Nurse ___________ Student at Reception Desk_________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: Did the visitor... No Yes
Check in with the nurse's station.    
Knock on the door. Get permission to enter and enter slowly.    
Read the friend's body language and facial expressions.    
Get near eye level with the person.    
Greet the person, then let him chose the conversation.**    
Avoid asking "how are you doing?"    
Avoid talking about fun things the visitor has been doing
   
Make the visit short.    
Look at person's cues.    
Close the conversation with "Thank you. I will be thinking about you."    
Score or Points
   

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.