Interrupting - 2

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Teachers

Definition: Interrupting means to talk when someone else is talking and it is not your turn!

Questions

  • Interruptions
    • Prevent people from completing a thought
    • Contribute to a misunderstanding between people
    • Can cause anger because people feel like they don’t matter
    • Exceptions to the “no interrupting” rule:
      • An emergency
      • Safety

    Questions

    • Are there exceptions to the “no interrupting” rule?
    • What are some appropriate ways to interrupt?
    • What does it mean to interrupt?
    • Why is it rude to interrupt?
    • What should you do if you have something to say but someone else is speaking?

    Discuss with students what it means to interrupt. Review the discussion point questions.


      Possible activities to review the discussion point:

    • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
    • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Circumstances

Discuss with students what interrupting means. Review the discussion points and questions.

Allow students time to work in small groups or with a partner to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss answers as a whole group.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per group
  • Pencil per group

Activity 2: Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Read the storylines below. Instruct the students give you a thumbs up if it is an appropriate reason for interrupting and a thumbs down if it is in inappropriate reason.

  1. You are talking to your friend in the park. Your little sister runs up and says, “I want a hot dog.” “I want a hot dog!
  2. You are asking your teacher some questions about a future assignment and another student approaches you and yells to the teacher, “I’m not ready for the math test.”
  3. My mom was talking to our neighbor when her son came out of the house and yelled, “There is a fire in the kitchen!”
  4. You are at a well visit talking to your doctor when the nurse runs in the room and says, “Doctor someone just fainted.”
  5. A teacher is giving instructions for a lesson and a student in the class raises his hand and waits to ask a question.
  6. You are in the checkout line at the grocery store and you are talking to the clerk when the person behind you says, “Are the peas on sale?”
  7. You are sitting at the table with your family sharing a story when your mother says, “Oh no I forgot to pick up the milk.”
  8. You and a friend are walking down the sidewalk having a conversation when someone walks up and says, “Excuse me, do you know what time it is?”
Materials Needed:
  • Storylines

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Discuss answers.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student activity sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

Example script on appropriate interruptions:
Darren: Hey, Tori. How are you today?
Tori: I’m fine. I am really excited about my first basketball game----
Darren: (interruption)I have to go home. My little brother just fell and needs to go to the hospital to get stitches.

Example script on inappropriate interruptions:
Tori: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video---
Tori:(interruption) Hey, I was going to Disney.
Darren: I was telling you about my new video----
Tori:(interruption) I love going on rides.
Darren: I did not finish what I was saying. You keep interrupting me!

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named nouns. Repeat for verbs and syllables.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to appropriately and inappropriately interrupt someone. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  • Decibella and her 6-Inch Voicey by Julia Cook
  • Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

1. Make a list of circumstances when it is unacceptable to interrupt.

Example: Your parents are having a conversation

2. Make a list of circumstances when it is acceptable to interrupt.

Example: An emergency

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Study the comic strips below. Next, circle whether the circumstances are examples of someone interrupting appropriately or inappropriately.

Student Activity Sheet C

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. What is Tori excited about?

3. What happened to Darren’s brother?

4. How do you think Tori feels when Darren keeps interrupting?

5. How do you feel when others interrupt you?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple and one verb in red.

Remember:

A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence.

Example script on appropriate interruptions:
Darren: Hey, Tori. How are you today?
Tori: I’m fine. I am really excited about my first basketball game----
Darren: (interruption)I have to go home. My little brother just fell and needs to go to the hospital to get stitches.

Example script on inappropriate interruptions:
Tori: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video---
Tori: (interruption) Hey, I was going to Disney.
Darren: I was telling you about my new video----
Tori: (interruption) I love going on rides.
Darren: I did not finish what I was saying. You keep interrupting me!

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. What does it mean to interrupt someone?

2. Why is it rude to interrupt people?

3. When is it appropriate to interrupt others?

4. What are some inappropriate ways to interrupt?