Archie Campbell is known for his 'That's Good / That's Bad' comedy routine. You might want
to show this video to kick off a practice session on positive and negative comments!
What. If you've seen my presentations about social scripts – or read the book Linda Burkhart & I did, Can We Chat: Co-Planned Sequenced Social Scripts – you know about 'good news / bad news.' The object is to get students to practice both:
Positive Comments: Using core words GOOD, LIKE and using 'chat' or 'social' words, such as COOL, AWESOME, WOW. Ideally, these are student-specific, such as EPIC, HILARIOUS, or WICKED.
Negative Comments: Using core words BAD, NOT LIKE, and using 'chat' or 'social' words, such as YUCK, GROSS, BUMMER, and student-specific words, such as NASTY, DISGUSTING.
Neutral Comments: Using core words OKAY, WELL, OH, and using 'chat' or 'social' words, such as REALLY, and student-specific words, such as WHATEVER.
Why. Comments are so powerful because they let students share their own opinions, and show their personality. Comments can demonstrate that students are listening, show what they understand, and fulfill social agendas, such as showing social closeness (aspects of personality and changing perceptions).
How. We can use many opportunities to practice positive, negative, or neutral comments. This can include:Playing Games. Games offer many opportunities to celebrate and snarl. This is a great opportunity to call out YES! COOL! or RATS! DARN! It's especially helpful when peers model these comments.
Watching Wordless Videos. Wordless videos are wonderful for so many language learning
purposes – including practicing modeling skills. See www.aacintervention.com, Tip # 3 for 2018, for strategies and examples.
Reading Books. Many books showcase good and bad news situations. One book that is particularly great for this purpose is the book 'That's Good / That's Bad, by Margery Cuyler. You can also see a Read Aloud of that book by clicking on this link.