LESSON ONE: Easy Etiquette
Students discuss etiquette after listening to the introductory poems Rules to Live by, Rebecca, Who Slammed the Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably, and Stop Sniffling. Students write scenarios pertaining to the theme and role-play them. Students read and follow directions as they learn to fold dinner napkins and make a napkin ring.
R3D Read and follow multi-step directions to complete a task.
§ Sources of literature
o Rules to Live by by Linda Knaus, http://holyjoe.net/poetry/beloc2.htm
o Rebecca, Who Slammed the Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably, http://holyjoe.net/poetry/beloc2.htm
o Stop Sniffling by Bruce Lansky http://holyjoe.net/poetry/beloc2.htm
o Transparencies of poems
o Directions for napkin folding www.interiordec.about.com/cs/napkinfolding
o Overhead projector
o Packages of square, heavier napkins
o Red and Green construction paper
§ Handouts provided
o Napkin Ring-Part 1 (A)
o Napkin Ring-Part 2 (B)
o Directions for napkin folding
§ Words to know
Students read and follow the directions for making a poinsettia napkin ring.
1. Read the poems Rules to Live by, Stop Sniffling, and Rebecca, Who Liked to Slam Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably. Discuss the meaning of etiquette. Students brainstorm rules of etiquette and reasons for having the rules.
What do you think when someone says the word etiquette?
What is a synonym for etiquette?
What is the difference between informal and formal etiquette?
Which type of etiquette is more important?
When do people use formal etiquette? Informal etiquette?
Why would you be expected to follow the rules of etiquette?
How does etiquette help everybody?
2. After discussion of appropriate etiquette, students get into groups of four and write sequential steps for enacting scenarios pertaining to correct etiquette. Each group role plays its scenario for the rest of the class to discuss.
Are the steps in order?
Why are some directions clearer than others?
What is the result if you follow your own directions?
Example of scenario: a student introducing a parent to the teacher on conference night.
3. Tell students formal dining usually requires napkins that are folded in a special shape to enhance the table setting. Using napkin folding directions for the scarf-fold, traditional fold, and the rolling fold, students practice folding paper table napkins (website: www.interiordec.about.com/cs/napkinfolding)
Student discuss the proper occasion for the use of each napkin. See directions one and directions two.
When would you want to fold a napkin?
Have you ever used a folded napkin? Where? What was the occasion?