Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
1. The student will be able to name communication styles.
2. The student will be able to list characteristics of each communication style.
1. Think about what you want to say.
2. Think about communication styles.
3. Decide which style will best help you reach your goal.
4. Act on your decision.
Definition: A communication style is chosen when you interact with others; you can choose to be assertive, passive, or aggressive.
Rationale: It is important to choose an appropriate communication style to fit your goals in any situation. Discuss why it is important to choose the right style of communication.
Students brainstorm on where/when to choose a communication style.
Teacher can refer to "Using I Statements" and "Being Assertive".
Make a list of characteristics of each style to use later.
Use this skill in situations such as passive when a supervisor is reprimanding you, assertive when you need to stand up for your rights, and aggressive if your physical safety is in jeopardy.
Set the Stage:
Teacher presents posters of the styles of communication (passive, aggressive, and assertive) and leads a discussion of the various aspects of facial expression, body posture, tone of voice, etc. that are characteristic of each style. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 34)
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Have students imitate the various styles of communication while playing a game.
Have students read or act out a familiar story and discuss the type of behavior exhibited by each of the characters. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 34)
Use generated list of characteristics of each communication style to help determine what major style each student uses and in what situation.
Watch a TV show and/or cartoons and identify various representations of each communication style.
Application with Feedback
White out the dialog in comic strips. Students fill in dialog representative of assigned communication style.
Students make posters for the classroom illustrating the various types of communication. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 34)
Play charades or act out statements using each style.
Have students match cards representing the styles of communication (facial expressions and cards with statements that each communication style may use).
Have students pick partners. They will observe each other and give some sort of token whenever they observe their partner using an appropriate communication style.
After a difficult situation, have students describe which style they used and if it was effective.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County