Wait to Talk - 3

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Definition: Waiting until others finish speaking to share your thoughts or ask questions is an important skill to learn. When you speak over someone or interrupt by asking questions, it is considered rude.

Discussion Points

When you wait to speak, you:

  • Allow someone to finish their thought
  • Decrease the likelihood of causing a misunderstanding
  • Prevent others from becoming angry or frustrated with you
  • Increase the likelihood others will listen to what you are saying

Questions to Consider

  • Are there times when it is okay to interrupt someone while they are talking?
  • What makes waiting to speak difficult?
  • How do you feel when someone doesn’t wait for you to finish speaking before they start talking?

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (2-5 minutes)
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Others must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Think. Pair. Share:

    The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the activity to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking students what can cause a disagreement between two people.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or slips of paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

Activity 1: Finding A Better Way...

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Tell Me About It!

Discuss a time you as a teacher were interrupted. How did it make you feel? How did you handle the situation?

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 3: Role Play

Have students role play responses to Activity 2.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Appropriate ways to stop a person from talking to share something that cannot wait until the other person has finished talking.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: 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.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

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

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


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    It is rude to interrupt others when they are talking. How can you signal to others in a conversation that you have something to say?

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    1. Tell us about a time a classmate did not wait to ask questions and interrupted the teacher. How did the teacher react? What feelings did you feel toward the student that didn’t wait to talk? How did you feel toward the teacher that was interrupted?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. Why is waiting to speak in a conversation an important life skill?

    2. Are there times when you can’t wait for an opportunity to speak? Identify one of those times.