Main Core Tie
Business Communication 1
1 class periods of 70 minutes each
Student learn how to follow written and verbal instructions
- The "Follow Directions" document has three short activities to see if students can read and follow directions.
- The "Oral Instructions" document teaches students what is important when giving instructions or directions.
- Give students a copy of the first two pages-Giving Effective Oral Instructions. There are three short activities (from Communicating for Success) highlighted in yellow to complete with students as you go through this material together.
- Next, talk about how to write commands. Handout is included.
- Next, discuss the content of instructions and use the peanut butter and jelly sandwich example. I start this example by asking students to write instructions for something simple like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then collect their directions and try a few. I provide the bread, peanut butter, and jelly. (Often students have participated in this activity previously).
- You can have them edit previously written instructions using the handout given, and then have students construct a map. Pick a location familiar to all students. Be sure their finished map includes all items on the handout. They usually have to draw the map twice to get it right.
I don't use a specific assessment for this other than the activities that students will participate in and complete. You may want to emphasize the three D's of giving directions: distance, destination, and direction. Students could practice this technique with each other. I include questions from the information giving during these activities on my test given at the end of the Standard.