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Social Stories About Arguing

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

When is arguing okay? When is it not okay? What can you do instead? In this lesson you will read social stories that answer these questions about arguing.

A Time to Argue and a Time to Agree

It is natural for students to defend their ideas and possessions, and sometimes they do so by arguing. Students, especially those with certain special needs, must learn when arguing is and is not appropriate. Social stories are used by some teachers to teach students about social situations and behaviors such as arguing. Social stories generally show either how to behave or how not to behave in a given situation. Here are some examples of social stories that could be used to teach students about arguing.

What Is Arguing?

What is arguing?

When Dad tells me to do something, arguing is telling him I won't do it. Dad asked me to take the trash out before dinner. I told him it wasn't my turn, I was busy, and I didn't want to.

When I have an opinion, arguing is explaining why I am right. My friend Mike thought the movie Lego Batman was stupid. I thought it was great. We argued about who was right for our entire lunch time yesterday.

Arguing happens whenever two people have different ideas and both want to prove that their idea is right. Everybody argues sometimes.

Sometimes I Argue With My Friends

Sometimes I argue with my best friend, Lila.

Lila and I like to play new games, but we often argue about the rules. We both think we know the right way to play, and neither of us likes to be wrong.

My Mom gave Lila and me some good advice. She said that it's okay to disagree, and it's okay to tell each other why we disagree. Sometimes talking about our disagreements makes things better.

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