Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)

Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
Teach students HOW to communicate Effectively/Assertively (21st century skills)
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Everyone can communicate. Not everyone can communicate well.

This Valentine's Day, go beyond talking about chocolate or where the celebration comes from? We get so caught up in the idea of love and the stereotypes of what relationships look like (Hello Hollywood, Netflix and Spotify!) that sometimes we forget that solid relationships are built on solid communication skills.

Teach your students strategies to communicate more clearly - whether we're communicating with family, friends, people we like, or people we Like with a capital "L."

Communication is more than public speaking. Show them HOW to be more effective in group work (and their personal lives.)

Being assertive means communicating in difficult situations and trying to work with the other person so that everyone wins, while still maintaining and protecting our personal boundaries and limits. It's not easy.

The school year always bring new challenges and if we give our students strategies to be more assertive, then hopefully they will be able to persevere through difficult learning moments.

Want to teach your students HOW to communicate more clearly - whether it's oral communication, written communication, non-verbal communication or digital?

Want to teach your students HOW to be more ASSERTIVE, and not just be aggressive, or passive-aggressive, or passive? (Group work doesn't always mean people are communicating clearly or effectively. Find out why.)

Need a mark for ORAL COMMUNICATION in your English Language Arts class, and want to do something more meaningful than another oral presentation?

Whether it's the start of the school year, the new year, or somewhere in between, this lesson package is for you!

NOTE: This lesson package is timeless. The slideshow does not include any specific language about the start of the school year, the new year, Valentine's Day or any other day. Good communication skills are always in style.

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SAVE HOURS OF PREP WORK. These lessons are high-interest and visually appealing. It will hook your students!


In the zipped file, you get:

OVER 2 WEEKS of lessons to do with your class to help your students understand how communication works (sender, receiver, message, feedback), how communication breaks down, how to communicate more ASSERTIVELY by using strategies during tough conversations.

  • 256 slides in POWERPOINT and GOOGLE SLIDE format
  • 97 page lesson plan PDF with 12 DIFFERENT lessons (45-55 min each.)
  • 2 page graphic organizer to analyze debate questions (HANDOUT + sample answer key)
  • 2 page Vocabulary Building Graphic Organizer and Venn diagram (HANDOUT + sample answer key)
  • 1 page Communication Learning Skills SELF-EVALUATION handout
  • 2 page Communication Review Assessment - What did you learn? (6 short answer questions + sample answer key.)

THIS IS A TOTAL OF 455 SLIDES / PAGES in 12 LESSONS. We communicate all the time, but students don't always understand HOW to communicate more clearly or HOW to be ASSERTIVE and protect their personal boundaries. We just saved you an incredible amount of prep work!

And the slides and handouts look legit good.

NOTE: THIS LESSON IS PART OF A LARGER BUNDLE about Exploring the Six Cs / 21st Century Skills / Competencies

The Six Cs are a bunch of transferable skills that you can use at school, at home, at a job… pretty much anywhere. They’re learning skills to help us be successful in the 21st century.

Each Chapter package focuses on a different “C” and contains different lessons, slides, videos, and handouts. Although we use the same structure in each chapter (activity, video, vocabulary building), there is no overlap of content between packages.

Lessons can be purchased individually, or you can SAVE MONEY and purchase the entire unit as a BUNDLE.

PSST, do you know the one magic phrase that teachers should tell their students? It's not what you think. Hint: It helps build a growth mindset...


Lesson Plans / Handouts

  • You need Adobe Reader or something that can open PDF files
  • (OPTIONAL) You need Microsoft Word if you want to edit the DOCX handout files

Google Slideshow

  • We suggest using Chrome as your web browser to view the slideshow at its best
  • (OPTIONAL) You need a Google account if you want to make a copy and edit the Google slides

Microsoft Powerpoint

  • You need Microsoft Powerpoint
  • You will need to install the BANGERS comic-book font (Included.. See below)


In this package, we provide over 2 weeks of lessons to do with your

class to introduce the learning skill / transferable skills concept of “Communication” to your students.

Communication is about imparting or exchanging information. However, communicating clearly and communicating assertively in tough conversations is NOT always easy!

There are 3 key concepts:

1. There are 4 basic parts to communication

  • A sender (who encodes a message),
  • A receiver (who decodes the message)
  • The message itself (which can be verbal, non-verbal, visual, digital, etc.)
  • And feedback from the receiver (which gives the sender information about how well the message was received, if at all.)

2. A tough conversation is where both people want different things, and the issue is important to both parties. There are 4 communication styles in difficult conversations:

  • Assertive
  • Aggressive
  • Passive-Aggressive
  • Passive

3. We can use strategies to try to communicate more clearly and assertively. Communication can break down at different parts or because we have different perspectives that affect the way we interpret messages. Strategies can help us overcome miscommunication.

In this package, we:

  • Explore communication through 11 different activities and discuss where communication breaks down, and what strategies might help to communicate more clearly.
  • Explore the difference between assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, and passive behaviour, and apply our understanding to multiple scenarios.
  • Introduce students to the 4 basic parts of communication through a short video.
  • Explore assertive / passive scenarios through video clips.
  • Allow for deeper exploration of the concept of “Communication” by playing with the term using the Frayer Model of understanding.


After this chapter, students will be able to explain that Communication is about:

  1. A sender encoding a message to a receiver who decodes the message and then provides some feedback.
  2. Assertive behaviour is when you protect your boundaries, but also respectfully consider the other person’s point of view and try to come up with a solution that works for everyone (but doesn’t compromise your personal limits.)
  3. People with different lived experiences / cultural background will interpret the same message differently. We need to consider local and global perspectives when communicating.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  1. EXPERIENCE activities to explore how communication breaks down
  2. WATCH examples of communication where people are assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, or passive and analyze the situations to come up with alternatives.
  3. UNDERSTAND what “collaboration” is by using a vocabulary building graphic organizer (Frayer model) to brainstorm features of collaboration, examples and non-examples of collaborating with others, and finally narrow down essential characteristics of the word.


Teachers could use this package in their classrooms to introduce the concept that communication is a skill. And, we can choose to use strategies to communicate more clearly.

Homeroom teachers

  • Do this package in the first month of class, to set the gold standard ideal for what good communication looks like. Throughout the year, when students are having tough moments, you could explore whether they were being assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, or passive and this becomes a framework to help them communicate more clearly, especially when they’re in conflict or upset.

Literacy teachers.

  • Reading - Reading notes about 4 communicate styles and using criteria to come up with assertive responses. (Activity 11)
  • Writing - Creating memes (Activity 9) and assertive responses (Activity 11)
  • Oral Communication -  (Activity 1-11)
    • Express meaning in multiple ways
    • Ask questions or listen actively
    • Verbal communication
    • Non-Verbal communication
    • Visual communication
    • Clearly express yourself
    • Respect different perspectives - local / global
  • Media Literacy - inferring meaning from emojis and memes (Activity 9) and inferring communication styles and meaning from videos (Videos 2-8)  
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy -  students get a chance to:
    • List communication strategies and communication styles. (REMEMBER)
    • Explain communication styles (UNDERSTAND)
    • Watch new videos / scenarios and justify which communication style is predominant (APPLY)
    • Compare / contrast different communication styles (ANALYZE)
    • Justify an opinion by appraising the evidence supporting and against a specific communication style for a given video (EVALUATE)
    • Some students will create a deep understanding (ah-ha moment) about the subtle differences between the 4 communication styles (CREATE)

School leaders (Principals, Admin, Division Leaders) could use this package in their schools to create a common language and exploration of growth mindset.

  • This unit provides a systematic way for a grade, division, or school to explore learning skills / character development as a framework for delivering curriculum.
  • Communication is often taken for granted. If all students are exposed to this framework, it makes it easier for teachers and students to try to be more assertive and to communicate more clearly.  
  • Doing the same (Frayer model) vocabulary building graphic organizer provides a common tool / framework that students and teachers can build around in other areas (i.e. math concepts, grammar concepts, science concepts, etc).

Ultimately, this chapter is meant to kick off a year / lifetime of discussion, as opposed to being a one-off activity.

  • If all classes start off with the same approach, then throughout the year, as teachers do different activities, you could still connect it back to concepts of communication.
  • During group work, students could be asked if they are being assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, or passive. Which strategy might help them to better communicate and get the learning done?

HERE’S WHAT YOU GET when you download the zipped file:  

We provide handouts:

  • 5 handout packages of different activity cards: Who am I, Charades, Pictionary, Taboo, Copy this Drawing  
  • Create-your-own meme activity handout
  • “What’s your Communication style?” student survey
  • 3 DIFFERENTIATED versions of a communication styles handout + answer key
  • “Practice being Assertive” handout + answer key
  • Vocabulary Builder graphic organizer (to develop a deeper understanding of what Communication means.)
  • Student Self Evaluation of their “Communication” Learning Skill
  • Chapter Review assessment and answer key of possible answers

We provide 3 different versions of the lesson slideshow (256 slides):

  • A link to the Google Slideshow so you can show it right away. (Get started in seconds!)
  • A link to a version of the Google Slideshow that you can make a copy of the presentation. (Edit the content to fit your exact classroom needs.)
  • A powerpoint file that you can download (PPTX) and modify. (Edit the presentation to fit your needs, and use the presentation when the internet is down!)


We base this schedule on a 50 minute period and provide around 40-45 minutes of content per lesson. Depending on your teaching style, how often you see your class, and class dynamics, you may find that you can get through all 12 lessons in 10 days… or it stretches out to a month.


  • If you’re short on time: pick and choose which activities to do with your class, and which videos to watch.
  • Watch the video yourself about the Four Basic Parts of Communication to get an idea of where the unit is going in terms of Sender, Receiver, Message, and Feedback. This way you can paraphrase student answers from this perspective to help them make connections later on:  https://youtu.be/3AYdHzUVmZY
  • In Part 1, we have 11 different ice breakers / activities that highlight different aspects of communication.  

OPTION 1: Do all of the ice breakers in a row

  • Thereby developing classroom spirit and finding patterns in communication.

OPTION 2: Do one or two icebreakers each day

  • Each class could start with a different icebreaker each day before getting into some of the more complex and deep conversations around communication styles (assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, passive)
  • By spreading it out, it’s not like they’re learning a bunch of games in one day.

THE BIG LIST of COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES (to explore how communication works and why it breaks down)

  1. Who Am I (Express meaning in multiple ways, ask questions, listen actively, verbal communication)
  2. Charades (Express meaning in multiple ways, non-verbal communication)
  3. Pictionary (Express meaning in multiple ways, visual communication)
  4. Taboo (Express meaning in multiple ways, verbal communication)
  5. Follow the Leader (Express meaning in multiple ways, non-verbal communication)
  6. Counting Numbers (“Listen” actively to understand what is communicated, non-verbal communication)
  7. Twenty Questions (Express meaning in multiple ways, ask questions / listen actively; verbal communication)
  8. Describe the Drawing (Express meaning in multiple ways, ask questions / listen actively; clearly express yourself; verbal communication)
  9. Metaphors and Symbols. Memes and Emojis. (Express meaning in multiple ways, express yourself; written communication, virtual spaces)
  10. What’s your style? (Express meaning in multiple ways, ask questions / listen actively; clearly express yourself; respect different perspectives; verbal communication)
  11. Strategies to be Assertive / Practice being assertive (Express meaning in multiple ways, ask questions / listen actively; clearly express yourself; respect different perspectives; verbal communication)


DAY / LESSON 1 (50 min) Communication Activities Part 1 (slides 1-20)

  • Introduction of communications (slides 1-5) - 5 min
  • Activity #1 Who am I (slides 6-10) - 15 min
  • Activity #2 Charades (slides 11-15) - 15 min
  • Activity #3 Pictionary (slides 16-20) - 15 min

DAY / LESSON 2 (45 min) Communication Activities Part 2 (slides 21 - 34)

  • Activity #4 Taboo (slides 21-25) - 15 min
  • Activity #5 Follower the leader (slides 26-29) - 15 min
  • Activity #6 Counting numbers (slides 30-34) - 15 min

DAY / LESSON 3 (45 min) Communication Activities Part 3 (slides 35 - 52)

  • Activity #7 Twenty Questions (slides 35-39) - 15 min
  • Activity #8 Describe the Drawing (slides 40-52) - 30 min
    • Round 1 (slide 40-45)
    • Round 2 (slide 46-48)
    • Round 3 (slide 49-50)
    • Round 4 (slide 51-52)

DAY / LESSON 4 (50 min) Communication Activities Part 4 (slides 53 - 85)

  • Activity #9 Part 1: Metaphors and Symbols (slides 53 - 63) - 20 min
    • Introduction (slides 53-54)
    • What is a metaphor (slides 55-60)
    • What is a symbol? (slides 61-63)
  • Emojis (slides 64-71) - 10 min
  • Meme (slide 72-85) - 20 min
    • What is a meme? (slide 72-76)
    • Explain the Meme: Success Kid (slide 77)
    • Explain the Meme: Jack Sparrow Being Chased (slide 78-81)
    • Explain the Meme: Grumpy Cat (slide 82-85)

DAY / LESSON 5 (45 min) Communication Activities Part 5 (slides 86 - 89)

  • Activity #9 Part 2: Create your own meme (slide 86-89) - 45 min

DAY / LESSON 6 (50 min) Communication Activities Part 6 (slide 90 - 152)

  • Activity #10 What’s your style? (slide 90-115) - 20 min
  • Activity #11 Styles of Communication (slide 116 - 152) - 30 min

DAY / LESSON 7 (50 min) Communication Activities Part 7 (slides 153 - 170)

  • Strategies to be assertive / practice (slide 153 -170) 50 min
    • Review assertive communication style (slide 153-159)
    • Strategies (slides 160-169)
    • Practice handout (slide 170)


DAY / LESSON 8 (50 min)  Videos Part 1  (slides 171 - 187)

  • Video 1 How we communicate (slide 171 - 175) 25 min
    • Minds on - What are the different parts of communications (slide 171-173) - 5 min
    • Watch video - identify 4 parts of communication (slide 174-176) - 10 min
    • How could communication break down (slide 177 - 178) - 5 min
    • What could you do to prevent communication break down (slide 179) - 5 min
  • Review (slides 180-181) - 5 min
  • Video 2 Back to the Future (slide 182-187) - 20 min

DAY / LESSON 9 (55 min)  Videos Part 2 (slides 188 - 216)

  • Video 3 Passive Aggression (slide 188-189) 15 min
  • Video 4 Office Space (slide 190 - 206) 20 min
    • Watch the video / discussion - 5 min
    • Scenario A - 5 min
    • Scenario B - 5 min
    • Scenario C - 5 min
  • Strategies when life is hard (slide 207 - 216) 15 min

DAY / LESSON 10 (60 min) Videos Part 3 (slides 217 - 233)

  • Communicating differences (slide 217 -  233) 60 min
    • Video 5 Wrong Flower (slides 219 - 222) 15 min
    • Video 6 Golf (slide 223 - 226) 15 min
    • Video 7 Eels (slide 227 - 230)  15 min
    • Video 8 Live Theatre Point of View (slide 231 - 233) 15 min


DAY / LESSON 11 (40 min) Vocabulary Builder (slides 234 - 250)

  • Introduce Part 3 / Minds on (slides 234 - 236)
  • Understand (Vocabulary Builder) (slide 237 - 238)
  • Filling out the graphic organizer (slides 239 - 242)
  • Revising graphic organizer (slides 243-247)
  • Summary (slides 248-250)

DAY / LESSON 12 - Self Evaluation / Review 40 minutes total Self Evaluation / Review - (slides 251-256)

  • Student Self Evaluation (slide 251-255) - 10 min
  • Chapter Review Test (slide 256) - 30 min

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