Conveying your ideas, feelings, and opinions successfully
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Additionally, individual lesson plans of the module are available below.
Lesson: Ways to Communicate
Length of lesson: 30 Minutes
Communication is what we do to give and get understanding; it is the process of sending and receiving messages. Successful communication occurs when there is understanding. Communication can be verbal, using oral language to convey a message, or non-verbal, including facial expressions, body language, text or written based language. Sometimes a message’s original meaning gets lost in the translation between thought and the act of communicating it.
Length of lesson: 45 minutes
Emotions or feelings are complex psychological and physiological reactions involving a person’s state of mind and their surrounding environment. Emotions include feeling angry, jealous, happy, sad, scared, and guilty, grief, and joy, trust, nervous, annoyed, shy, envious, desirous, disappointed, worried, furious, proud, and regretful. People often feel more than one emotion at a time and there are often multiple causes for someone’s emotional state.
Lesson: Conflict Resolution
Length of lesson: 30 minutes
Conflict resolution means working out a problem or disagreement without fighting, running away or going against your feelings. Knowing how to handle conflicts in a positive way can help people stay safe from violence, feel good about themselves, and learn to respect others. Physical violence, name-calling, threats, bullying, teasing, and other forms of negative communication often escalate conflicts and leads to serious consequences, including physical injury, lowered self-esteem, and punishment. Good communication involves being a good listener, considering and respecting the other person’s point of view, working together to think of solutions, and learning to relax the body and calm the mind during high-tension situations.
Lesson: Crinkle Heart
Length of lesson: 20 minutes
Words are powerful. Teasing, bullying, cattiness, name calling, gossiping, and discriminatory language can lead to depression, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol abuse, and even suicide. Similarly, compliments and kind language can build self-esteem and boost confidence.
Lesson: Being Assertive (Adapted from Education.com)
Length of lesson: 30 Minutes
Assertiveness is an honest and relatively direct expression of your feelings, both positive and negative, your beliefs, and your opinions in a manner which is socially acceptable. Many people, especially women, are taught to ignore their own rights in order to be accepted by others. Femininity, for example, is equated with: loving nurturing, supporting, anticipating others wishes and deferring to them. We learn to avoid conflicts by submitting to others. We learned to be loved by becoming more proficient in meeting others need than our own. In fact, we often allow other to violate our rights unintentionally, by failing to communicate our wants and ideas to them.