Ch 6: Communicate in Multiple Contexts: ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6

About This Chapter

You can satisfy the Common Core requirements related to communicating in multiple contexts by using this chapter in your high school ELA lesson plans. Determine whether your students comprehend the subject with the suggested activities.

Standard: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.6)

About This Chapter

As students begin to truly comprehend communication through multiple contexts, they simultaneously develop their language skills and be more capable of producing parallel structures, eloquent phrases, and different types of clauses. Likewise, their ability to weave formal English words together and correctly mix styles to create new context will become more prevalent. Showing our video lessons to your students can help increase their comprehension of the standard so they are skilled at performing such tasks as the following:

  • Becoming an adaptive and self-aware speaker
  • Showing empathy through communication
  • Understanding how to be socially and culturally appropriate when communicating
  • Building relationships and connect with the audience via writing
  • Applying the proper use of voice and tone
  • Choosing appropriate words to support a message
  • Avoiding discriminatory language
  • Comprehending the differences between passive and active voice

You'll be able to tell when your students have grasped these communication skills when they are able to modify their communication for specific audiences as well as avoid bias and select the appropriate tone and language. Introducing these video lessons to your students in sync with promoting the standard could give your students a strong foundation as they prepare for college level writing and business communications.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Below are some ideas for assignments and activities that you can add to your curriculum as a way to fulfill Common Core standards.

Interstellar Conference Proposal

Allow your students to review the video lessons about communicating cross culturally and techniques for connecting with audiences. Next, prepare a document that describes 2-3 fictitious alien species, including brief information about these alien cultures, their goals, and other pertinent information. Have your students pretend they are representative of Earth, and they must each prepare an essay to be read at an interstellar conference with these different alien species. Give your students topic choices that will challenge them to communicate their opinions clearly and find ways to connect with their audience without sounding culturally insensitive.

Deceptive Discrimination

Go through the key points from the Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication lesson. Before doing this activity, go online and find copies of business documents or magazine articles from the past that would now be deemed highly discriminatory. Pass out full copies or excerpts of the articles and have your students analyze the materials and discuss the discriminatory elements. Talk about the articles as a class and make sure that your students are identifying obvious and deceptive discrimination.

Wordy Words

Review the lesson that shows students how to choose the best words to convey a particular message then have an in-class competition where teams eliminate inappropriate words from a prewritten excerpt. Write statements on the board or on a piece of butcher paper. Explain to students that each statement has a set amount of unnecessary or inappropriate words. In a relay race set-up, each team member will run up to the board, cross out one word and then run back to his or her team to pass off the marker to the next teammate. Whichever team successfully completes the task the fastest wins the round.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: Communicate in Multiple Contexts: ELA.CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.6
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Being a Self-Aware and Adaptive Communicator

1. Being a Self-Aware and Adaptive Communicator

To be an excellent speaker in the business world, you have to be self-aware and an adaptive communicator. This lesson will help you learn how to do that.

Being an Empathetic Communicator

2. Being an Empathetic Communicator

Empathy in the workplace allows for the development of good working relationships. This lesson covers the ways that you can be an empathetic communicator in business.

Cross-Cultural Communication: Definition, Strategies & Examples

3. Cross-Cultural Communication: Definition, Strategies & Examples

Cross-cultural communication is imperative for companies that have a diverse workforce and participate in the global economy. It is important for employees to understand the factors that are part of an effective, diverse workforce.

Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

4. Connecting With Your Audience Through Writing

Connecting with your audience through writing is a necessity in the work place in order to garner the needed response. Investigating the audience's background and enabling certain steps will position your message to deliver the greatest impact.

Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

5. Understanding the Tone and Voice of Your Message

Understanding the tone and voice of your message is critical to the overall presentation of your written communication. In business, the overall tone should be professional and courteous regardless of whether the message is positive or negative.

Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

6. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

7. Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

In this lesson, you'll learn the importance of avoiding discriminatory language in business communication. We will look at why it is essential to use the correct word choices when discussing gender, age, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Active and Passive Voice

8. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

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