Topic Closure - 2

Foundational

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Teachers

Definition: Sharing means to give some of what you have to another person and for him/her to do the same.

Questions

  • Questions
  • How do you know when a conversation is ending?
    • Bye, bye
    • See you later
    • Gotta go
    • Ok, well I have to run.
    • It was good to see you, but I have to go.

Discuss with students what topic closer means. 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: Story Lines

Review with students the definition of topic closer. Reflect on the discussion point questions.

In the large group, choose two students, Student A and Student B. Give the students the script on student activity sheet A and allow students to role play. The remainder of the students should determine if Student A and Student B appropriately closed the topic.

As a class develope a list of circumstances when it is important to have topic closure.

Example: When speaking to a teacher

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • Chart paper or chalk board

Activity 2: Closing Statements

Cut out the statements below and put them in a bag or basket. Have the students pick a statement, read it and decide if the statement is appropriate or inappropriate. Discuss why they chose the answer they did.

Example: When speaking to a teacher

Materials Needed:
  • Closing Statements cut out from below
  • Basket or bag

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Discuss the 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 of demonstrating appropriate topic closer:
Ken: Hi, Silas. Did you have a good summer?
Silas: Yes, I did. I went to the beach a lot.
Ken: That’s great. I love the beach!
Silas: Me too. Sorry, but I have to go. Let’s talk later.

Example script of demonstrating inappropriate topic closer:
Ken: Hi, Silas. What’s your favorite holiday?
Silas: Christmas.
Ken: (Walks away)
Silas: Hey, Ken. We didn’t finish talking.

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 two nouns. Repeat the process 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 using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. 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

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • A 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.

  • Utilize current classroom literature the demonstrates topic closer.

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: With your partner decide who will be student A and who will be student B. Role play the situation.

Script 1

Student A: Hi Tori, I went to the water-park yesterday. It was fun. I love the water slides. (Student A walks away.)
Student B: I wish I could have come. What was your favorite part? Did you eat any snacks?

Script 2

Student B: Hey guys. I went to the water-park yesterday. I love the wave pool. Hey, maybe we can all go next time. Gotta go. We will talk again soon.
Student A:Have a good evening.

Student Activity Sheet B

Study the comic strips below. Circle the answers that show characters using topic closure correctly.

Student Activity Sheet C

  1. Who are the characters in this script?
  2. What did Silas do during the summer?
  3. How did Silas appropriately end the conversation?
  4. How do you think Beth felt when Tori shared with her?
  5. How do you think Silas feels when Ken doesn’t appropriately end the conversation?

Student Activity Sheet D

Example script of demonstrating appropriate topic closer:
Ken: Hi, Silas. Did you have a good summer?
Silas: Yes, I did. I went to the beach a lot.
Ken: That’s great. I love the beach!
Silas: Me too. Sorry, but I have to go. Let’s talk later.

Example script of demonstrating inappropriate topic closer:
Ken: Hi, Silas. What’s your favorite holiday?
Silas: Christmas.
Ken: (Walks away)
Silas: Hey, Ken. We didn’t finish talking.

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

  1. What is topic closure?
  2. Why is it important to have topic closure
  3. Give an example of an appropriate closure for a topic!