Dealing with Fear

Objective: Student will handle a threatening situation appropriately.
Language Arts Standard: Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box with 2 telephones

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- situations when students have been afraid
Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Identify what is making you afraid.
2. Get in touch with your physical feelings? How do you feel fear?
3. Decide if you are in physical danger right now? Do you need to move away now?
4. Are you feeling a milder form of fear, such as anxiety or intimidation?
5. Breathe deeply and try to remain calm.
6. Seek out a caring adult. Share your concerns with him or her.
7. Think of ways you can avoid this danger (flight) or overcome your doubts (fight).

Model the Skill
Role Plays/Classroom Discussion: Trying out for a school talent show or standing before the class to deliver a report
Applications: Classroom presentations, try out for school team
Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: (Use of dramatic asides) No Yes
Did the student identify what is making him afraid?
Did the student get in touch with his physical feelings?    
Did the student decide if he was in physical danger right now?    
Did he feel a milder form of fear, such as anxiety or intimidation?    
Did he breathe deeply and try to remain calm?    
Did he seek out a caring adult?    
Did he think of ways he could avoid this danger?
Score or Points

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


6th Grade
Listening and Speaking
1.1 Determine a speaker's point of view.

7th Grade
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.

8th Grade
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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