The 3 Best Resources to Teach Communication Skills in High School Blog Feature
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By: Bri Stauffer on April 12th, 2018

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The 3 Best Resources to Teach Communication Skills in High School

Career Readiness | Communication Skills | 21st Century Skills

We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills.

Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.

You need relevant, effective resources to help plan your communication lessons.

You could spend hours developing your own lessons and activities to teach students how to communicate. But that can take a lot of time that you don’t have to spare.

Luckily, many teachers have encountered the same problem and created lessons to teach communication skills.

However, finding those resources isn’t easy.

That’s why we’ve pulled together a few of the best for you:

  1. Communication activities from the US Department of Labor
  2. Communication lesson ideas from Teachers Pay Teachers
  3. Communication curriculum in Business&ITCenter21

These three resources are the best places to find lesson plans and activities to teach communication skills to high school students.

1. Communication Activities from the United States Department of Labor


The US Department of Labor has an amazing resource for teaching workplace readiness skills called “Soft Skills to Pay the Bills.”

The curriculum was created to teach six different soft skills to students ages 14-21.

One of the curriculum sections is specifically dedicated to teaching communication skills.

The communication unit is an 18-page PDF that you can use to plan your lessons and activities.

The document has an introduction and five lesson plans which include:

  • Approximate time for the lesson/activity
  • List of materials needed
  • Directions for you and your students
  • Guided notes and other student resources
  • Details for discussions
  • Journaling activities
  • Optional extension activities

The communication unit has most everything you need to teach your students good communication skills. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an assessment to measure student knowledge.

If you plan to give grades to your students, you’ll need to create your own quizzes, tests, and rubrics to go along with the lessons and activities.

While this will take you some time, all of the actual lesson planning is already done for you!

2. Communication Lesson Ideas from Teachers Pay Teachers


Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is an online marketplace with more than 3 million resources where teachers can share, sell, and buy lessons from each other.

The marketplace has a ton of communication lesson plans and activity ideas for practically every grade level, including high school.

You can use filters to sort the resources by price, grade level, and other details to find the best ones for you and your students.

The number of resources available on TpT is both a positive and negative.

While there is a lot to choose, there are many lessons and activities that won’t be relevant to your classes. This means you will spend a lot of time reviewing which ones to use, which ones to avoid, and which ones are worth buying.

Two of the top resources to teach communication skills on TpT are:

Still, new resources are added regularly, so you’ll always have options to try something new!

3. Communication Curriculum in Business&ITCenter21


Business&ITCenter21 is a digital curriculum system developed to teach crucial career skills to middle and high school students.

Business&ITCenter21 has two curriculum modules to help you teach communication skills: Business Communication and Written Communication.

The Business Communication module is made up of eight lessons, four activities, three quizzes, and one test.

The materials cover topics like:

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Collaborative Communication

There’s also the Written Communication modules is made up of eight lessons, three activities, two quizzes, and one test.

This module covers:

  • Effective Business Writing
  • Writing Emails and Letters
  • Writing Your Own Communications

Each module includes interactive lessons, lesson plans, activities, assessments, guided notes, teacher presentations, and many other resources to teach communication skills.

Altogether, these modules cover 16 hours’ worth of content to teach, reinforce, and assess your students.

The best part about Business&ITCenter21 is that it contains so much more than just a few activity ideas for teaching communication.

It’s a full-fledged curriculum with everything you need to teach key career skills.

That means you can use Business&ITCenter21 to teach more than just a handful of lessons.

It helps you save time (and sanity), all while preparing your students for the future.

Start Teaching Communication Skills Today!

Do you want to start teaching good communication skills in your classroom right now?

Thousands of teachers already use Business&ITCenter21 to give their students the skills that last a lifetime. You can join them!

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About Bri Stauffer

Bri collaborates with others at AES to create content that answers your questions about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES digital curriculum.

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