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Ask the class to brainstorm different ways people communicate and list them
on the board. Discuss the list and, if applicable, add communication methods
that are missing such as body language, art, etc.
Divide the class into groups of three or four students each. Ask each group to
select a nonverbal communication method from the list. Assign each group a
message to communicate to the other groups, and give them enough time to
prepare a way to present the message using their method. Have each group
present its message to the class as students interpret what is being
Videotape the presentations to play back during a discussion on effective
communication. Through watching the video, determine the more successful
ways to communicate and the methods that were least effective.
Introduce pioneers in communication such as Samuel Morse, Alexander
Graham Bell, and Guglielmo Marconi. Talk about how their inventions and/or
discoveries advanced communication and altered society. Each group is to
research one of the pioneers and his or her contributions to the field of
communication. Have each group write a brief report on its findings and
present it to the rest of the class.
Have each group choose one of its members to portray the individual it
researched. In front of the class, these students will hold a conversation
between one another, discussing their individual's invention/discovery and
acting as if they are in the time period in which they lived and developed the
Have students brainstorm what might happen if a particular communication
method were no longer available. Use the examples of cellular phones, the
Internet, and radio.
In groups, have students select an actual communication device and create a
lesson that teaches how it and all of its components function. Each group
should create a test to give to the class after it presents its lesson. Use the test
results to determine how effectively each group communicated its information.