Active Listening Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Help students understand what you mean by 'active listening' with this lesson plan. Define the term for students, teach techniques, and view examples. Then have students practice with a fun game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'active listening' and other key terms
  • demonstrate understanding of active listening
  • determine and evaluate active listening in others


  • Active listening scoring guide, to be used with students in activity. Create using criteria from lesson, like eye contact, paraphrasing, summarizing, etc.


50 minutes

Key Vocabulary

  • Active listening
  • Paraphrasing
  • Summarizing
  • Questioning
  • Clarifying

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2

Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.3

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.

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