What Is Effective Communication?
The most basic component of learning is communication. One needs to be able to listen deeply, question, understand, and respond. Good communication is also the cornerstone of conflict transformation. Direct speech and engaged listening can bridge a polarized conflict. Good communication brings down the walls set up between parties and allows the search for common ground and win-win solutions to begin.
In this unit several lessons are provided to help students analyze and utilize effective listening tools. They will reflect on their own experiences and practice listening inside and outside the classroom. They will have an opportunity to compare the impact of "I-Messages" and "You-Messages" and formulate a procedure piece on the elements of good communication. Included on the site-- 1) "Empathic Listening" Slideshow, 2) Listening Test, 3) Optical Illusion handout, 4) Argument Scenarios.
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Standards & Objectives
- Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
- Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where,...
- Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
- Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on...
- Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of...
- Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 11-12...
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective...
- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience....
- Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
- Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided...
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and...
- CLE 3003.2.1
- Demonstrate critical listening skills essential for comprehension, evaluation, problem solving, and task completion.
- CLE 3003.2.2
- Summarize, paraphrase, and critique information presented orally by others.
- CLE 3003.2.5
- Understand strategies for expressing ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts.
- CLE 3003.2.6
- Deliver effective oral presentations.
- CLE 3003.2.7
- Participate in work teams and group discussions.
- CLE 3003.3.1
- Write in a variety of modes, with particular emphasis on persuasion, for different purposes and audiences.
- CLE 3003.3.3
- Organize ideas into an essay with a thesis statement in the introduction, well-constructed paragraphs, a conclusion, and transition sentences that connect...
- GLE 0301.4.2
- Gather information from a variety of sources to support a research topic.
- GLE 0301.4.3
- Present research results in a written report.
- GLE 0501.4.3
- Present the research results in a written report, citing the resources used.
- SPI 0301.6.4
- Locate information using available text features (e.g., charts, maps, graphics).
- SPI 0401.1.13
- Recognize and use grade appropriate vocabulary within context.
- SPI 0401.3.8
- Select appropriate time-order or transitional words to enhance the flow of a writing sample.
- SPI 3003.3.13
- Identify the targeted audience for a selected passage.
- SPI 3003.3.8
- Choose the transitional device that appropriately connects sentences or paragraphs within a writing sample.
- Initiate and participate effectively with varied partners in a range of collaborative discussions on appropriate 11th - 12th grade topics, texts, and...
- Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective so that listeners can follow the line of reasoning;...
- Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
- Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- Write informative/explanatory texts to analyze, synthesize, and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the...
- Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of a text.
- Explain how illustrations in a text contribute to what is conveyed by the words.
- Conduct short research projects that build general knowledge about a topic.
- Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources, with support; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into...
- Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes, categorize information, and provide...
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.
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