Social Stories for Following the Rules

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

It is important for students to learn to follow the rules, but it's not necessarily easy! This lesson offers social stories that will help you teach your students why rule-following is important.

Teaching with Social Stories

As a teacher, helping students to learn to manage their own behavior is one of your most important tasks. It can be a real challenge to get students to understand that rules are there for a reason, and that following them actually matters!

Incorporating social stories into your instruction is one way you can help students learn about following rules. Essentially, a social story is an anecdote that provides scripted language and explicit strategies for dealing with a complicated scenario. Though social stories are often used with children with special needs, such as autistic spectrum disorders or language delays, they can be beneficial to all children struggling with tricky situations.

Depending on your students' needs, you may review the stories with them daily or only as needed. You can also add images to each story to represent important actions or steps. The social stories in this lesson focus on teaching students why it matters to follow rules.

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