Objective: The student will graciously decline an invitation.
Language Arts Standard: Listening & Speaking Extensions
of Reading & Writing
The Prop Box with Costumes
Colored Pencils and 8" x 11" sheets of paper (for
making a get well card)
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during
each role play
• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm. When have you needed
to decline an invitation.
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
Look at the person and use their name.
2. Listen to the invitation before you respond.
3. Say, "I am very sorry."
4. Provide at least one good reason why
you can't attend the event.
5. Thank the person for thinking of you.
6. Share that you would appreciate a similar invitation in the
"I'm sorry that I can't attend this Saturday because I
have dance practice. Please think of me the next time you're
planning a party. I'd love to come.
7. Thank the person again.
8. Ask a grown up person for clarity if you're not certain about
If you don't want to be invited to such an event, skip parts
6 & 7. It's a subtle way to let the person know you're not
note: If you're invited to something illegal or against your
value system, state honestly that that's "not your scene."
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications- Write a response to attend a birthday
• Independent Uses
for the Role Plays
(Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________
Date: _____________________ Observer's
|Observations: (Use dramatic asides when necessary)
the student look at the person and use their name?
the student listen to the invitation before you respond?
the student say,
"I am very sorry."
he provide at least one good reason why he couldn't attend?
he thank the person for thinking of him?
he say he wanted a similar invitation in the future?
he thank the person again?
he ask a grown up person for clarity if you're not certain
about the wording?
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,
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
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener,
foster an acceptance of an idea.