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 3 A two way street
Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade
Duration: 45 min.
Sit in circle; open class with greetings and songs
Sitting Tall, stretches, vocal exercises
Review previous lesson, introduce new lesson
Objectives and Outcomes:
- Students will explore ways to build a conversation.
- Students will explore ways of entering into a group conversation.
- Students will discuss the value of humor.
Suggested topics for class discussion:
- What are open-ended questions vs. close-ended. Purpose?
- Can we ask everything? What is appropriate to ask? What is not?
- How do you enter a conversation or intervene during a group interaction? “If I may…”, If I may respond to what you are saying…”
- How do you handle difficult situations?
Role Play: Instructors will demonstrate role play (Do’s and Don’ts)
- Talking about their hobbies and points of interests (books, movies, sports, latest fashion etc.)
- Two students converse (re Thanksgiving, Christmas, latest fashion at school, their week-end, etc.), a third one tries to enter the conversation (and a fourth one etc.)
- Conversing is a two way street: listen, ask follow up questions, share your thoughts
- eye contact/follow voice and look up in that direction, smile
- Posture: sit straight, stand tall (string metaphor)