Getting Someone's Attention

Educational Objective: The student will use an appropriate manner for attracting the attention of someone who is otherwise engaged.
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: Brainstorm times you needed to get someone attention
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
• Model the Skill

1. Determine if the other person is available to interact with you. This may take some judgment calls on your part. How important is it that you interrupt them? Will they be happy if you interrupt them?
2. Look at the person. If you can gracefully so do, get within their view.
3. Don't interrupt if they are speaking, unless it's and emergency.
4. If you must interrupt, say "Excuse me."
5. For your teacher, raise your hand and wait quietly. (Do not wave your hand or call out their name.)
6. When they acknowledge you and indicate it's all right to speak, start by saying "thank you."

• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications: Levels of need for getting someone's attention
• Independent Uses

Rubric for Role Play:

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Behavior No Yes
Did the speaker determine if the person was available (role play aside)?    
Did the speaker look at the person and address him by his name?    
Did the speaker wait until the person wasn't speaking?    
Did the speaker start out by saying "excuse me"?    
Did the speaker thank the person for acknowledging him?    

Additional Comments: __________________________________________________________


Other Standards Address in Lesson:

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

7th Grade
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
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.

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