Art Beyond Sight
Social, Communication, and Independent Living Skills
through the Arts Curriculum
■ Activity Plan ■
(Song lyrics and audio & bibliography included)
- Activity Plan Overview
- Activity Plan 1: Great relationships start with hello
- Activity Plan 2: Ice Breaker and Small Talk
- Activity Plan 3: A two way street
- Activity Plan 4: From Casual to Formal Conversation
- Activity Plan 5: Handling difficult situations and conflict resolution
- Activity Plan 6: Nonverbal communication and tips for your tics
- Activity Plan 7: Strike a pose! Field trip to the museum
- Activity Plan 8: Making our Self-portrait
- Activity Plan 9: The Art of Dressing
- Activity Plan 10: Making a Fashion Statement
- Activity Plan 11: Personal Narrative: Writing your story
- Activity Plan 12: A Collaborative Song Writing Activity
- Activity Plan 13: Preparing an interview
- Activity Plan 14: Meet a stranger: an exploration of the interview process
- Activity Plan 15: Let's prepare our own Talk Show!
- Final Event
- Songs by Brian Muni
LESSON 1 Great relationships start with hello
Grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Duration: 45 min.
Objectives and Outcomes:
- Students will discuss ‘what making a good impression’ means.
- Students will discuss the components of self-presentation.
- Students will discuss ways of greeting and welcoming a newcomer.
- Students will explore and role play the greetings variants across social situations and cultures.
Suggested topics for class discussion:
- What does making a good impression means? Why is it important to make a good impression at the first meeting?
- What is self-presentation? Introduce aspect of self-presentation: clothing style, posture, grooming, and etiquette?
- What does “standing tall” evoke to you?
- Dos and Donts during a first meeting.
Role play: Instructors will demonstrate role play (Do’s and Don’ts)
- Teacher greets students and introduce themselves.
- Student pretends to be greeting the President of USA.
- A new student is introducing her/himself to a classmate as s/he walks into the classroom
- Props for role play situation – table cloth, hats, ties, plates
- Shaking hands, eye contact/follow voice and look up in that direction, smile
- Posture: sit straight, stand tall (string metaphor)