Students learn the definition of hate speech and understand how it affects individuals, groups, and communities. Students learn to recognize hate speech by reading an article or by analyzing a brief video.
These can easily be adapted for all middle school students. Students practices communication skills via games and activities such as telephone and charades, and includes guiding questions to lead discussions.
Allows students to submit a variety of work, such as videos or drawings, and then reflect on learning through a voice recording. Have students practice describing their work differently to parents, teachers, and themselves.
Collaborate with a class from around the world on various projects, or follow guided Experiences. As students video-chat with a partner class, practice nonverbal expressions and discuss what they may communicate to other cultures.
Strategies for teaching speaking and listening skills.
Animals by the Numbers by Steve Jenkins
The level of scientific research paired with Jenkins' creativity and accessible infographics is unmatched. This is a perfect text to use when introducing infogaphics to your class.
Being Frank by Donna W. Earnhardt
Frank follows the motto, "Honesty is the best policy." He tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The balancing act of finding tact, that fine line between telling the truth and telling too much truth, is the main theme of this story.
Have I Got a Book for You! by Mélanie Watt
The bestselling author-illustrator and creator of publishing sensation Scaredy Squirrel presents a character you just can't say "no" to: salesman Mr. Al Foxword. Al can sell anything. You can't help but be impressed by his lineup of satisfied customers: he's sold an icebox to a penguin, an umbrella to a fish and a dirt vacuum to a mole. A book for teaching the art of persuasion.
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. How can she let her dad know when she doesn’t know how to talk yet?
My Mouth Is a Volcano! by Julia Cook
All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can't walk. She can't talk. She can't write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She's the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people--her teachers, her doctors, her classmates--dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can't tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she's determined to let everyone know it...somehow.
That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. One aspect of communication is making predictions and supporting the prediction with text. This book is a lot of fun for teaching prediction because it reverses the usual outcome.
What James Said by Liz Rosenberg; Matthew Myers (Illustrator)
A funny, heartfelt, perfectly pitched story about misunderstandings and the importance of true friendship. When a little girl thinks that her best friend James has been saying bad things about her behind her back, she takes action in the form of the silent treatment.