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Topic: Pragmatics....... Role Playing
Students will increase their pragmatic skills by identifying inappropriate
vs. appropriate behaviors.
Students will differentiate behaviors that are seen and behaviors that are
Students will increase their sensitivity to others.
Students will increase self-awareness of appropriate and inappropriate
behaviors based on context.
1. Discuss with your students what the words appropriate and
inappropriate mean. Discuss context by explaining that everything has a
time and place.  E.g. shouting HELP if someone is hurt is appropriate, but
yelling during class for no reason is not appropriate.
2. Explain that sometimes behaviors that are heard or seen are very
distracting to others or are inappropriate. (shouting, picking your nose,
making silly faces)
3. Play charades demonstrating distracting or inappropriate behaviors and
explain why they are inappropriate. Tell your students
"The rule is, if you
are acting out a behavior of your classmate you may NOT mention the name of
the person who acts this way"
. If students start mentioning names or making
fun of their classmates tell them they will be disqualified. Act out
appropriate behaviors too, and explain why they are appropriate.

I did this lesson with a group of students who had serious behavior problems
not only during speech therapy but in class also. I spoke with the classroom
teacher and said I’d like to do a lesson with the whole class on appropriate
behaviors. My two therapy students were the star students in this lesson. They
were my two helpers, and acted out various behaviors. They had fun and were
very excited about the positive attention they got from their classmates and
teacher. We discussed with the whole class why these behaviors were
inappropriate. We were not allowed to discuss names of any students who
engage in such behaviors during class. Then I got several enthusiastic
volunteers from the class to act out more behaviors. This lesson does not require
any materials. The students had a blast!!

Topic: Pragmatics....Compliments
Students will increase their pragmatic skills by verbally providing
compliments to their peers 4/5 times.   
NONE        or           Write a list of adjective on the board.
1. Discuss with your students what the word compliment means.
2. Discuss why people like to hear compliments and model examples of
compliments. E.g. You have a nice dress. Your hair looks amazing.
3. Have each student say a compliment to their peer. Provide carrier
phrases if needed. You can have rounds of compliments.
Round 1: compliment your friend’s clothes. Each student has to provide a
compliment about the clothing the students in the group are wearing.   
Round 2: compliment you friends smile, or features
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