Expressing Grief

Educational Objective: The student will appropriately express feelings of profound sorrow.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Writing

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity" Brainstorm when students have experienced grief
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. Find a trusted grownup to talk with.
2. Share your feelings of grief-some mental, some physical.
3. Feel free to express your sadness and anger. You may even feel guilty.
4. Get advice.
5. Consider positive things you can do.
6. Give yourself time to heal.
7. Consider professional help.


Model the Skill
Role Plays/Classroom Discussion Complete rubric and hold a class discussion
Applications: Discussions about life situations - Discuss the physical feeling of grief
Independent Use: Create a card of sympathy

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: (Student to use asides) No Yes
Did the student find a trusted grownup to talk with?    
Did he share his feelings of grief?    
Did he seem free to express your sadness and anger?    
Did the student seek advice?    
Did he consider positive things he could do?    
Did he consider getting professional help?    
Score or Points

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


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