Hand out the paper explaining “I” messages and “you” messages. Go over the handout as a class. Discuss the importance of when to use “I” messages and how they should be used to take responsibility for how you feel. Discuss that “you” messages often mean blame and can be insulting.
Hand out the “Using Communication to Resolve Conflict Skit Rubric” worksheet and explain to the student the requirements of the rubric. The student will get into groups of 2 to 4 and create a skit that they would be able to act out in front of the class. The skit will involve people getting into an argument and either fight it out the wrong way or solve it correctly using techniques previously discussed. All group members must have a vocal part in the skit. Each skit creation rubric will have either a “W” or a “C” on it. All the groups that received a “C” rubric will create a skit using the correct way to solve a problem. The correct way to solve a problem is through the use of the “I” messages and effective communication skills learned in the previous lesson. All the groups that received a “W” rubric will create a skit using the wrong way to solve a problem. The wrong way to solve a problem would involve using the word “you” instead of “I”, putting the blame on the partner, and the partner trying to defend them self. They will also incorporate ineffective communication techniques learned in the previous class. Once a group has completed a skit, the class will have to decide if the problem was solved correctly or incorrectly. Allow the class 15 minutes to develop skits and the rest of the time to perform them. Each group must also produce a copy of their skit to hand in.