For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the AES curriculum system.
One thing to note is that while the title of the lesson plan says “sub plans” any teacher can use this lesson as part of a standard class.
In the lesson, Mrs. S covers these concepts relating to communication skills:
Being assertive, but not aggressive
Tips for overcoming passive and aggressive behavior
Rules for good communication
The download contains everything you need to prepare for and execute the lesson.
There are instructions, student handouts, hands-on activities, “flip up” posters, and optional “extension activities” for reinforcing the content.
The main lesson is made to fill one class period. If you choose to use the extension activities, you’ll need to plan for extra time spent on teaching communication skills.
Overall, this lesson is a great way to get into the details on balancing assertiveness (without being aggressive) when communicating with others.
Even if you don’t want to use all of the content from this download, you can pick and choose pieces to add to your existing communication lessons!
2. Communication Activities from the United States Department of Labor
The US Department of Labor has a soft skills curriculum to help teach a variety of skills to middle and high school students, including communication.
The communication unit is an 18-page PDF that has an introduction and five lesson plans, which each 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
Optional extension activities
This communication unit has most everything you need to teach your students good communication skills, except for an assessment.
If you want to grade your students, you’ll need to create your own quizzes, tests, and rubrics to go along with the lessons and activities.
3. Effective Communication Skills from Kara’s Class
Kara’s Class is another publisher on TpT with a lesson on effective communication skills. This lesson is much more direct and straightforward than the previous lesson.
With the download, you receive a 16-slide PowerPoint presentation to teach communication topics along with classroom activities related to those topics.
Overall this lesson teaches students about:
What communication is
Ways to communicate
When good communication skills are needed
Why good communication is important
This lesson is the perfect way to introduce middle schoolers to the basics of communication and why these skills are important.
If you’re looking for resources to give you a good jumping off point to your existing lessons, this is it.
Teach Communication and Other 21st Century Skills
Effective communication is an essential skill students need for success in school and the workplace. So it’s critical to have the right lesson plans to help your learners master communication skills.
If you need just a few lessons to add to your existing curriculum, each resource in this article can help you teach communication in your classes.
However, you likely need to teach more than communication in your middle school career readiness classes. In fact, communication is only one of the 21st Century skills that students need in the modern workplace.
If you’d like guidance on teaching communication along with critical thinking, leadership, media literacy, and more, download your free guide.
You’ll learn more about each of these skills and why they’re important, along with information on how you can teach them in your classroom.