Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS
First Edition   ©2018

Communication in the Classroom: A Collection of GIFTS

John Seiter (Utah State University) , Jennifer Peeples (Utah State University) , Matthew L. Sanders (Utah State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10925-X; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10925-7; Format: Paper Text, 496 pages


Great Ideas for Teaching Students: An Orientation

John S. Seiter, Jennifer Peeples, Matthew L. Sanders


Part I: Public Speaking

Audience Analysis and Adaptation

1. Creating Community Time Capsules: A Creative Approach to Analyzing Audiences

Lisa K. Hanasono

2. "I Totally Missed That!" Using Twitter to Teach Critical Listening

Megan M. Wood

3. Argument Framing Based on Audience Disposition

Katie L. Turkiewicz

4. Middle School Service-Learning Informative Speech

Joshua F. Hoops

5. Analyzing Diverse Audiences to Recruit Students to Your College

Nathan G. Webb

6. Myers-Briggs Communication Exercise

Patrick Breslin

7. Take a Stand for Persuasion: Teaching Audience Analysis for Persuasion and Beyond

Jenny Tatsak


8. Worst Case Scenario: Public Speaking Edition

Laura Beth Daws

9. What Do You Prefer? Understanding Communication Anxiety

Andrea L. Meluch

10. Ten Second Stand-Up or Scribble: Build Community and Reduce Communication Apprehension

Rachel C. Murdock

11. Even Dwight Schrute Suffers from Public Speaking Anxiety

Kelly Soczka Steidinger


12. An Organizational Pattern for Narrative-based Ceremonial Speeches

Eddie Glenn

13. Apples to Apples: Connecting Disconnected Ideas

Nicholas T. Tatum, Anna-Carrie Beck

14. Transitioning from Essay Writing to Speechwriting: Using Post-It Notes for Invention

Susan M. Ward

15. Talk Story: Developing Thematic Narratives

Rose Helens-Hart

16. Hot Potato Extreme: An Exercise to Enhance Presentations, Problem Solving and Personal Relationships

Colleen Packer


17. Can They Survive the Shark Tank? Identifying and Evaluating Monroe’s

Motivated Sequence in Persuasive Appeals

Sarah VanSlette

18. John Oliver’s Long Rants: Teaching the Modes of Persuasion in an Online Public Speaking Class

George F. (Guy) McHendry, Jr., Erika L. Kirby, James L. Leighter

19. Shark Tank: Connecting Ingenuity, Interpersonal Influence, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Communication Classes

Lisa K. Hanasono

Delivery and Style

20. From Politics to Zombie Survival: Teaching Gestures in Presentational Speaking

Erin F. Doss

21. Acting Out: An Interactive Activity for Reducing Ineffective Public Speaking Behaviors

Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter, Vladimir Santiago Arias

22. Animation and Attention Exercise: Helping Your Students to Become More Dynamic Speakers

Carole Bennett

23. Stylish Speech Day: A Fun way to Learn Schemes and Tropes

Lorelle B. Jabs

24. Seussically Speaking: An Elocution Activity

Stephanie Kelly

25. Knowing Jack: Comprehending Stylistic Choices

Vanessa A. Condon, Joshua N. Westwick

26. Historic Speech Assignment

Jacob Metz

Visual Aids

27. Stop Talking to PowerPoint!

Tara M. Franks

28. See What I Mean: An Applied Approach to Teaching about Visual Aids

Mary K. High

29. Your Life in 100 Words or Less: A PowerPoint Activity for the Basic Course

Tim Rumbough

Speech Contexts

30. Building Informers through Team-Teaching

Katherine Beich-Forkner

31. Gizmos and Gadgets: A Small Group Impromptu Public Speaking Experience

Harriet Sharlow Benavidez


Part II: Interpersonal Communication

Models, Concepts and Theories

32. Adapting the "A-B-Scene" to Communication Classrooms: An Exercise for

Understanding the Role of Context, Empathy, Perceptions, and Message Dimensions

Christian R. Seiter, John S. Seiter

33. Alex and Sarah: Experiencing Emotions through Role-Playing

Mark D. Cruea

34. Alternatives to Self-Disclosure Activity

Deborah Chasteen

35. The Interpersonal Communication Playlist

Mary Vaughn

36. Teaching the Communication Process with a Grab Bag

Jennifer B. Gray

37. Defining Communication with Legos: Building an Understanding of the Constructivist Approach

Lindy Grief Davidson

38. "Do you remember that time when…?": Modeling StoryCorps Interviews to Teach Family Storytelling

Kristina A. Wenzel Egan

39. One Truth and Two Lies: A Game That Reinforces Narrative Paradigm

Yifeng Hu

40. Barbie, Lego, and Playdough: Exploring Communication Theory Through Childhood Experiences

Nancy Bressler

41. Did You Just See That? Using Critical Communication Pedagogy

and Observation to Teach about Identify and Social Norms.

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa


42. Do Clothes Make the Student? Makeover Day Selfie Project

Terri Toles Patkin

43. "I am…": An Exercise in Self-Concept

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths

44. Music in the Communication Classroom: Using Music to Teach about Stereotypes and Expectations

William Mullen, Faith Mullen

45. Experiential Learning and Perception: Cutting through the Assumptions

(The Knife Exercise)

Lou Davidson Tillson, Marilyn D. Hunt

46. How Do You See Me? Understanding the Perception Process

Mark D. Cruea

47. The Shopping List: An Exercise in Perception and Symbolic Interactionism

Laura A. O’Connell

Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

48. "Tell Me a Little About Yourself": Nonverbal Communication and Interviewing

Jennifer Peeples, Matthew L. Sanders, John S. Seiter

49. Screaming for Your Attention without Saying a Word: Finding Nonverbal Immediacy Cues in an Episode of "The Bachelor"

John R Katsion

50. Mark My Words: Using Etymology to Understand Words and Phrases

Nakia Welch

51. The Nonverbal Scavenger Hunt: Active Application of Concepts as They Occur!

Nakia Welch

52. Explosion of Meaning: The Complexity of Context and Language

Daniel Overton

53. Increasing our Understanding of Gendered Nonverbal Communication

Rita Daniels

Communication Competence

54. Crafting Competent Messages

Katie L. Turkiewicz

55. Writing for Dear Abby: Analyzing Issues and Constructing Advice using Interpersonal Communication Concepts

Holly J. Payne

56. "Will you date me?" Understanding the Importance and Application of Audience Analysis

Mary Beth Asbury, Nathan G. Webb

57. Perspective Taking: Communicating Multiple Perspectives in Mental Health, Multiple Disciplines

Jennifer B. Gray, Neal D. Gray

Conflict Management

58. Going Green Dispute: A Role Play in Mediating Others’ Perceptions and Potential Biases in a Conflict

Kathleen M. Propp

59. Who Gets the Office? Creating Conscious Approaches to Conflict

Katherine Hampsten


Part III: Intercultural Communication

60. The Sights and Sounds of Rapport-Building Across Cultures: Intercultural Interaction Analysis in The Last King of Scotland

Lauren Mackenzie

61. Exploring the Relationship between Multiple Identities and Communication Through a Classroom Art Gala

Tara J. Schuwerk

62. Using The Hunger Games to Teach Intercultural Communication

Karen McGrath

63. Melting Pot or Garden Salad: Draw a Metaphor

Jacqueline Barker

64. Why Are All the International Students Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? Teaching About Cultural Adaptation through Community Engagement

Paula Hentz, Jelena Petrovic

Part IV: Group and Organizational Communication

65. NBC’s "The Office" and Working with New Employees: A Lesson in Organizational Socialization.

Kyle B. Heuett

66. Convergence in the Classroom: A Speedstorming Approach to Group Formation for Projects and Presentations

Stacy E. Hoehl

67. Case Study of Personal Group Work Interaction for Online Courses

Sarah E. Wilder

68. Teaching Small Group Decision Making Through The Walking Dead

Nathan G. Webb

69. Developing a Team Contract as a Means of to Understand, Apply, and Reify Small Group Communication Concepts

Nicole A. Ploeger-Lyons

70. Sources of Power and the Impact on a Small Group: An Activity to Help Students Experience the Impacts and Effects of Power and Power Imbalances

John R Katsion

71. ‘Is that Work Related?’ The Implications of Staying Connected through Technology at Work

Jeremy P. Fyke

72. Skunkworks! Using Unconventional Paper Airplanes to Teach

the Communication of Technical Information and Procedural Instructions.

Kurtis D. Miller, Marcy Lendaro

73. Identifying Organizational Values for Customized Career Communication

Rose Helens-Hart


Part V: Ethics and Citizenship

74. Goal Directed Graffiti: Using Chalk Quotes for Critical Thinking about Free Expression

Terri Toles Patkin

75. Ethical Reasoning in Action: Using 8 Key Questions to Facilitate Group Decision-Making

Timothy C. Ball

76. Using Jon Stewart’s Appearance on Crossfire to Teach Students about

(In)Civility and the Elaboration Likelihood Model

Angela M. McGowan

77. Communication, Choices, and Consequences: Patrice’s Problem or a Case in Organizational Communication Ethics

W. Thomas Duncanson

78. The Ethical Speaker: A Discussion of Ethical Concerns Facing the Public Speaker

Rita Rosenthal

79. Smoke and Mirrors?: Using Thank You for Smoking to Teach Persuasion and Ethics

Jennifer B. Gray


Part VI: Rhetoric

80. Dinner and Movie: Introducing Students to Rhetorical Criticism

Christopher M. Duerringer

81. Teaching Narrative, Identification, and Criticism

Christopher J. Oldenburg

82. Teaching the Value of Narratives in Speeches Through Analysis of Presidential Campaign Discourse

Kevin T. Jones

83. Selling Guilt: Using Kenneth Burke to Teach Critical Readings of Advertising

C. Wesley Buerkle

84. Social Justice on Ice: Lessons from The Sporting News about the Rhetoric of Victimage

Alena Amato Ruggerio


Part VII: Persuasion, Argumentation, and Advocacy

85. Whatchamacallit: An Exercise for Understanding the Power of Symbols

John S. Seiter, Jennifer Peeples, Matthew L. Sanders

86. Not Sold In Stores! Using Infomercials to Teach Persuasion Theory

Brett Lunceford

87. The Law & Order of Using Effective Sources to Build an Argument

Mary Beth Asbury, Virginia B. Jones

88. Apples to Apples with a Twist: Practice for Constructing a More Effective Argument

Lindsay Harroff, Cassandra C. Bird


Part VIII: Mass Communication and Media

89. Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: An Exercise in Applied New Media Literacy

Corinne Weisgerber

90. Learning Fundamentals of Public Relations via WordPress

Regina Luttrell

91. Is it Really JUST Twitter!?: Agenda Setting in Social Media

T. Kody Frey, Nicholas T. Tatum, Anna-Carrie Beck

92. The Narrative Machine: Constructing Narratives and Deconstructing Ideology

Scott M. Walus

93. On the Go: Reporter Updates in the Field with Videolicious

Jennifer Ware, Carie Cunningham


Part IX: Research Methods

94. Five Star Ratings: Using Funny Amazon Product Reviews to Teach Students about Validity and Reliability

Lisa K. Hanasono

95. Conversation Analysis Using StoryCorps Dialogue

Lance Brendan Young

96. Which Super Power Should Students Have? Using Buzzfeed to Teach Students How to (Re)Design Surveys

Lisa K. Hanasono


Part X: Health Communication

97. Evaluating Health Campaign Websites: A Focus Group Exercise

Patrick J. Dillon

98. Voice in Healthcare Interactions: Burke, Agency, and Student Experiences

Erin F. Doss

99. Using Videos Wit and Ed Story: The Dragon Chronicles To Teach Health Communication Concepts

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths


Appendix: Teaching Resources

100. Five Minutes of Fame: Educating Others about Communication

Theories beyond the Classroom

Lisa K. Hanasono

101. Inviting TED to Your Class: How to Use TED Talks to Teach Public Speaking Courses

Nathan G. Webb

102. I Saw It in the Movies: Using to Teach Core Concepts

Trudy L. Hanson

103. Designated Reader in Online Discussions: An activity to teach about listening as a skill and as a concept

Natalia Rybas

104. Poem, Picture, Prop: Student Engagement with Style

Stacy E. Hoehl

105. Engaging Student-Driven Metaphors to Extend Understanding of Course Concepts

Linda D. Manning