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Activity Overview


Communication without words can be extremely challenging for people who rely heavily on speech. Have students choose phrases and words that are most important to them and create their own communication board. Have students try to communicate with partners/groups using only their completed boards. Supply students with a list of possible questions to ask one another; word some of them as yes/no and some that would be tricky to answer.


A few possible questions might be:

  • "How are you?"
  • "Are you tired?"
  • "Do you want to go home?"
  • "What do you want to do today?"
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/7] Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/5/6] Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a communication storyboard with phrases and words that are most important to you.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify 9 phrases and words that are important to you to communicate.
  3. Type those phrases in to the titles of each cell.
  4. Create a simple illustration to describe each phrase or word.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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