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Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, Grades 4-12

Step-by-Step Lessons for Respect, Responsibility, and Results
By: Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Nancy Steineke

35 Projectable Lessons!
With Illustrations by Satya Moses

These 35 lessons tap the instructional power of slides, full-color illustrations, and succinct directions to teach both the language and the behaviors of social and emotional learning (SEL).

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483350950
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Literacy
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: July 16, 2018

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NEWS FLASH: A major meta-analysis of 213 studies showed an average 11 percent gain in academic performance for kids receiving explicit social-academic learning instruction.

Turns out this “soft stuff” about creating a culture of respect and rapport yields hard and fast gains, and that’s no surprise to collaboration “gurus” Harvey “Smokey” Daniels and Nancy Steineke. Now, these authors share a yearlong plan for helping you build powerful and binding peer-to-peer interactions. The added bonus: Your kids will meet speaking and listening standards, while you score better on classroom-engagement rubrics.

Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction taps the instructional power of slides, full-color illustrations, and super succinct directions to teach both the language and the behaviors of working effectively with others. These 35 lessons take your kids on a carefully paced upward spiral of collaboration, with explicit coaching on how to speak, listen, argue, persuade—and get along. Here’s the best part: You model and your students practice these social skills with the content of your curriculum, not in disconnected add-on exercises.

For each lesson, there are six to 25 slides that focus on one vital academic-social skill; step-by-step teaching tips are in the lie-flat planning book. The sequence looks mostly like this:

  • The first slides introduce the skill—like being a good partner or arguing both sides of a controversial topic—then explain its value.
  • The next slides help model the skill in action, using whatever curricular topic you happen to be teaching.
  • Now, kids’ active thinking is invited as you co-create strategies to enhance use of the target social-academic skill.
  • Additional slides help kids practice the skill using your curricular content as you monitor and support.
  • Lessons end with a debriefing to solidify new understandings.

Any way you look at Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, it’s a win-win. Your students realize better engagement in curriculum topics, higher performance, and social skills to last a lifetime. That’s really college and career ready! And our schools become safer harbors, where students know one another, respect one another, and learn together.

Longtime collaborators themselves, HARVEY “SMOKEY” DANIELS and NANCY STEINEKE have written six books together and are regular co-presenters at all the major literacy conferences. Both are former public school teachers who now work as national consultants, helping schools and districts to create friendly, supportive, and collaborative climates for young people.

For an author-led walk-through of Teaching the Social Skills of Academic Interaction, visit https://www.brainshark.com/corwinpress/teachingsocialskills.



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Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

The author or coauthor of 18 books for teachers, Harvey Daniels, also known as “Smokey,” has been a professor, researcher, consultant, and teacher coach over his 43-year career. These days, he serves as a conference speaker, school district consultant, and demonstration teacher in schools around the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Smokey was presented with the NCTE Exemplary Leader Award.

See Smokey reveal his best-kept secret to Ellin Keene.
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Nancy Steineke

A longtime collaborator with Harvey “Smokey” Daniels as both a coauthor and a co-presenter, Nancy Steineke has been a full-time English teacher for more than three decades, most recently at Victor J. Andrew High School in Illinois. Nancy is the author of six other professional books and classroom collaboration is always a central strategy, whether she’s advising on literature circles, content-area writing, teaching nonfiction and fiction, or assessment. These days, Nancy’s on the road as a consultant, introducing high-engagement literacy strategies to teachers nationwide.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Part I. Social-Academic Skills: The Missing Link

Chapter 1. The Problem and the Opportunity

Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Engagement

What's Been Missing in School Reform

Why We Must Teach Social-Academic Skills Now

How to Address These Problems and Seize the Opportunities

All Social Skills Programs Are Not Alike

Our Theory of Action

Chapter 2. Theory and Research on Social-Academic Skills Training

Research Base


Starting With a Partner

Building a Community of Acquaintance

Building a Community of Respect, Inclusion, and Gratefulness

Taking Personal Responsibility

Teaching Interpersonal Skills Explicitly

Stages of Learning Social Skills

Positive Interdependence

Reflection and Celebration

The Bottom Line

Chapter 3. How to Use This Resource


A Guide to the Slides

Structure of the Lessons

Order of the Lessons

The Tips

Assessment and Grading

Trouble-Shooting Questions

Part II. Lessons for Building Social-Academic Skills

Chapter 4. Getting Acquainted

Lesson 1. Forming Partners

Lesson 2. Interviewing Your Partner

Lesson 3. Home Court Advantage

Lesson 4. Friendliness and Support

Lesson 5. Classroom Climate Posters

Chapter 5. Building Collaboration Skills

Lesson 6. Quiet Signal

Lesson 7. Using Quiet Voices

Lesson 8. Asking Follow-Up Questions

Lesson 9. Think-Pair-Share

Lesson 10. Good Partner Traits

Chapter 6. Advanced Partner Work

Lesson 11. Active Listening

Lesson 12. Extending Conversation

Lesson 13. Expanding Acquaintance With an Appointment Clock

Lesson 14. Mingle Jigsaw

Chapter 7. Moving Into Small Groups

Lesson 15. Group Membership Grid Interviews

Lesson 16. Sharing the Air

Lesson 17. Saving the Last Word

Lesson 18. Write-Arounds

Lesson 19. Gallery Walk

Chapter 8. Ongoing Discussion Groups

Lesson 20. Establishing Group Ground Rules

Lesson 21. Overcoming Off-Task Triggers

Lesson 22. Goal Setting for Group Improvement

Lesson 23. Reinforcing Collaboration With Table Cards

Lesson 24. Compliment Cards

Chapter 9. Arguing Agreeably

Lesson 25. Text Nuggets: Finding Evidence

Lesson 26. Human Continuum

Lesson 27. Where Do You Stand?

Lesson 28. Hearing Everyone's Ideas First

Lesson 29. Arguing Both Sides

Lesson 30. Civilized Disagreement

Chapter 10. Small-Group Projects

Lesson 31. Developing an Assessment Rubric

Lesson 32. Planning Group Projects

Lesson 33. Keeping Individual Project Logs

Lesson 34. Midcourse Corrections

Lesson 35. Being an Attentive Audience Member


Appointment Clock

Membership Grid

Group Meeting Procedures

Thin-Crust Cheese Pizza Rubric

Project Rubric

Group Work Plan Form

Individual Group Member Work Plan Form

References and Further Readings


About the Artist



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Related Resources

  • Access to companion resources is available with the purchase of this book.
  • Active Listening Lesson  [Lessons and strategies]