Ch 3: Group Rules, Roles & Goals: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1B

About This Chapter

Help your students understand group dynamics and roles as well as how to set and track goals with these videos supporting the Common Core State Standards for Grade 7 Speaking/Listening.

Standard: Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1.B)

About This Chapter

As students master these skills they will better understand how to participate and interact with others in groups. They will also understand how to develop goals for their group discussions and find ways to keep the discussion on track. The lessons in this chapter describe:

  • Conducting productive meetings
  • Goal-setting theory
  • Different roles of group members
  • The characteristics of effective and cohesive teams
  • Influences of group norms and status on behavior

Your students will demonstrate greater cohesion and effectiveness in group discussions and other group activities as they work through these videos. They will approach such events with clear purpose and direction while also understanding their own place in the group for that specific event.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

Use these suggestions to get you started on using these videos in your class.

Introspection exercise

Before watching the videos, divide students into small groups and have them discuss a topic where they might have disagreements. Let them discuss for 5-10 minutes, intervening if certain discussions get too aggressive. Then watch the videos on group roles, qualities, and influences. Get the groups back together and have each student describe how they feel about the role they played in the discussion and whether they felt that their contributions were productive and led toward greater team cohesion.

Goal-setting journal entry

Watch the video on setting goals in class. Have students make a journal entry outlining goals for an upcoming event and measures they will take to meet those goals and measure effectiveness.

Homework study

Assign these videos as homework for students to reinforce the classroom instruction in after-school work. Remind them that the videos are able to be viewed on mobile devices and are very short, so they will be able to fit them easily into their schedule. Complete the chapter test in class to measure student comprehension of key principles.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Group Rules, Roles & Goals: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1B
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Preparing, Conducting, and Contributing to Productive Meetings

1. Preparing, Conducting, and Contributing to Productive Meetings

There are a few key elements that should be considered when planning for a productive meeting. Organizing an effective meeting is a monumental task that involves preparing, conducting and contributing valuable ideas, resources and information in order to be successful.

Goal-Setting Theory in Management: Definition & Examples

2. Goal-Setting Theory in Management: Definition & Examples

This lesson provides an overview on how to set goals both personally and professionally. We'll learn how goals propel us toward our individual and organizational targets.

Roles of Group Members: Perceptions, Expectations & Conflict

3. Roles of Group Members: Perceptions, Expectations & Conflict

Groups are made up of people who each have their own perceptions and expectations of the group and its work. If those perceptions and expectations are not met, conflict can arise. In this lesson, we'll identify the types of roles in groups and see the interplay of expectations, perceptions and conflict within a group.

Qualities of Group Members: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

4. Qualities of Group Members: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Groups have a lot of dynamics, and in many ways, those dynamics are made up of the members in the group. Each member brings different knowledge, skills and abilities to the group, and in this lesson, we will address those three key areas.

Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

5. Characteristics of Effective Teams: Examples and Qualities

Effective teams can contribute heavily to the success of an organization. This lesson explores the key characteristics that make teams effective in the business world. You'll see an example of each characteristic and learn about underlying, supportive aspects of effectiveness.

Group Cohesion: Theory & Definition

6. Group Cohesion: Theory & Definition

Group cohesion is an important concept for organizations that utilize small groups to accomplish tasks. In this lesson, you'll learn what group cohesion is and examine some of its important concepts. A short quiz follows the lesson.

How Types of Group Norms Influence Individual Behavior

7. How Types of Group Norms Influence Individual Behavior

Groups, though made up of individuals, have their own sets of norms. These sets develop as the group grows and interacts and can change a person's behavior that might be new to the group. Here we review types of norms present in groups and their potential impact on an individual's behavior.

How Group Status Influences Individual Behavior

8. How Group Status Influences Individual Behavior

Our social status, or, more specifically, how we feel our social status is viewed by others, impacts our behavior in many ways. This lesson explores how belonging to certain status groups can influence how we behave and see others.

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