Full Curriculum Basic Conversation Skills Conversation Share (Knowing How Much to Talk)

Conversation Share (Knowing How Much to Talk)

Conversation Share teaches how to monitor talking time and keep it even with other speakers. If our students dominate the talking time, or don’t talk enough, others will feel upset or confused. By sharing how much we contribute, everyone is engaged in the conversation.

Sample Video:

Conversation Share Introduction

VIDEO MODELING – The Conversation Share teaching tool helps students learn how to share the talking time. Some students struggle by either talking too much or too little. This video models how to share our turns and how much we each say, so everyone enjoys the conversation.

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Transcript:

[INTRODUCTION – animated scene of two boys passing a basketball back and forth]

Narrator: We share lots of things. We share games, we share friends, we even share conversations. Using the Conversation Share means sharing the time each person gets to talk.

Boy1: (holding the ball) What’s your favorite type of movie? ((passes the ball to Boy2)

Boy2: (catches the ball) I like comic book and superhero movies. How about you? (passes the ball to Boy1)

Narrator: Conversations go back and forth. We talk a little, then the other person talks a little.

Boy1: (catches the ball) I like action movies. (passes the ball to Boy2)

Boy2: (catches the ball) Cool! (passes the ball to Boy1)

Narrator: We talk again, then the other person talks again.

Boy1: (catches the ball) Have you seen any good ones lately? (passes the ball to Boy2)

Boy2: (catches the ball) Not really, I should go to the movies more. (passes the ball to Boy1)

Narrator: We can think of it like a game of catch. Using the Conversation Share also means keeping our turns the same length. We talk for the same amount of time as the other person. People will get upset if we do all the talking.

Boy1: (catches and holds the ball) Last week I watched three movies. I want to watch even more this week! I like to rewatch my favorites. Action movies are so cool.

Narrator: When we share the conversation, people feel happy.

 

[SKILLS]

Narrator: Being good at the Conversation Share means:

(1) We all get the same time to talk.

(2) We take turns talking and listening.

(3) We keep our comments the same length so we’re not doing too much of the talking.

That way, everyone is happy. Let’s see what Sharing the Conversation looks like.

 

[SCENE 1 – school hallway lockers]

Brandon: At my soccer game on Saturday, it rained the whole time.

Simon: Mine too! I was the goalie, and I was sliding all over the place.

Brandon: I was on defense. My whole area was this one huge mud pit. I just kept skating and falling. I fell three times.

Simon: On the way home, I had to sit on a grocery bag and my mom said, “Don’t touch anything!”

Brandon: I got my mom’s car all dirty from my cleats.

Simon: I had to take my cleats off before I got in the car.

Brandon: I can’t wait for next weekend.

Simon: (thought bubble) It was nice talking to Brandon. I like the way that he listened to me and we took turns talking.

 

[FROM MY VIEW]

Brandon: (voice over)  I can share the conversation when I talk to people. I say a little bit at a time. Then, the other person takes a turn and says a little bit. I don’t do all the talking, and I don’t stay too quiet. I say just enough to keep it the same. It keeps everyone happy if they know they’ll have a turn.

 

[SKILLS REVIEW]

Narrator: Brandon did a great job sharing the conversation. Sharing the conversation lets everyone have an even turn at talking. One person doesn’t do all the talking. We take turns talking and listening. When we share the conversation, no one gets upset.

 

[WHAT DID WE LEARN?]

Narrator: So, what did we learn?

Being good at the Conversation Share means:

(1) We all get the same time to talk.

(2) We take turns talking and listening.

(3) We keep our comments the same length so we’re not doing too much of the talking.

That way everyone is happy.

 

Companion Worksheet:

Every video comes with a companion worksheet for students to review what they just learned. This helps assess comprehension and promote generalization by reinforcing the concepts covered in the video.

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