Controlling Anger

Educational Objective: The student will appropriately express his anger, using judgment about time and place.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and 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
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill

1. If a person is talking to you, continue listening.
2. Monitor your feelings and your breathing.
3. Tell yourself to relax tense body parts.
4. Try to speak in a neutral tone.
5. Ask for time by yourself if you are really upset.
6. Brainstorm the reasons why you are upset.

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

See SPGS Strategy

Rubric for Role Play

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill Being Practiced: _____________________________

Behavior of Speaker: (Dramatic asides needed) No Yes
If a person was talking, did the student continue listening?    
Did the student monitor his physical feelings and breathing?    
Did the student tell himself to relax tense body parts?    
Did the student try to speak in a neutral tone?    
Did the student ask for time by himself if he was really upset?    
Did the student brainstorm the reasons why he was upset?    

Other Comments: ___________________________________________________________

"Peace Talks: Managing Your Anger" 1997 30 minutes
VHS 4465 Grades 6 - 12, Producer HRT

See also: Sadness and Anger

Dear Teacher: Education on Abuse sadness / anger

Other Resources:

The Anger Workout Book for Teens Jan Stewart (2002, Jalmar Press, 17.95)
Over 40 reproducible worksheets and hundreds of practical activities. Your students will be able to learn lifelong techniques for working with, and working out, their anger through self-expression, relaxation, self-control, negotiation, compromise, and just plain letting go and moving on. Grades 7-12. [8.5” x 11”...112 pages]
Breaking Down the Wall of Anger: A 5th-8th Grade Anger Management Curriculum Esther Williams, (2000, YouthLight, 21.95)
This innovative curriculum for dealing with anger problems, allows educators the structure and flexibility to teach students new and creative ways to deal with their anger. The units are filled with activities and games that will allow preteens to explore how they currently react to anger situations, and to choose new and healthier ways to react. [8.5” x 11”...255 pages]
Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out: The Anger Management Book Jerry Wilde, Ph.D. (1997, LGR Publishing, 9.95)
A unique approach to one of the most pressing problems of our time. You will learn how to show students ways to handle their anger before it handles them. Grades 4-12. [6” x 9”...58 pages]
In Control: A Skill-Building Program for Teaching Young Adolescents to Manage Anger Millicent Kellner, Ph.D. (2001, Research Press, 24.95)
These activities can be used with an entire class, or small group. Appendices contain booster sessions and procedures for role-playing, skill checkup, program evaluation, organizing a nonviolence week, and more. Grades 6-8. [8.5” x 11”...149 pages]


Other Standards Address in Lesson:

6th Grade
Reading Standards
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
Writing Strategies
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 of ideas.
Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

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.
Writing Strategies
1.4 Demonstrate the mechanics of writing (e.g., quotation marks, commas at the end of dependent clauses) and appropriate English usage.
Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

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 modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.