Educational Objective: The student will make a convincing apology to someone for a mistake.
Language Arts Standard: Listening & Speaking
Extensions: Writing a letter of apology.
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Paper and an envelope for each student

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: Brainstorm- times when you have needed to make an apology. Click here for "The Brain."
Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Look at the person and address him by his name.
2. Use a sincere and pleasant voice.
3. Say, "I am sorry for _________."
4. State the reason why you are sorry for your action.
5. State what you can do the next time.
6. Wait for the person to say.....
"Thanks for the apology." or
"That's okay. I accept your apology." or
"Thanks. I need more time."

Model the Skill
Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
Applications Read Words of Wisdom about making errors
Independent Uses- Write a letter of apology

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)_________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:_______________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the student look at the person and address him by his name?
Did the student use a sincere and pleasant voice?    
Did the student say, "I am sorry for ________"?    
Did the student state the reason why you are sorry for his action?    
Did the student state what you can do the next time?
Did the student wait for the person to say....."Your apology is accepted."?     
Score or Points

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


See also "Accepting an Apology"

Additional Standards:

6th Grade

Reading Standards (If Compliment is in a letter or written form.)
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

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.

Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.

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 modul
ation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.


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