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.
The Prop Box with 2 telephones
Paper and an envelope for each student
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during
each role play. To download the student rubric, click here
Introductory Activity: Brainstorm- times when you have needed
to make an apology. Click here for "The Brain."
Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
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
for the Role Plays
(Speaker)_________________ Student (Subject)____________________________
Date: _____________________ Observer's
|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
See also "Accepting an Apology"
(If Compliment is in a letter or written form.)
1.2 Identify and interpret figurative language and words with
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate,
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.
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
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.
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.
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
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