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  1. Will: Hey, Jim, are you busy on Sunday? We could catch the afternoon showing of that new action movie. 2. Jim: Actually, I saw that last week with my brother. 3 Will. Well, that's the only movie I want to see. 4. Jim: Oh, it's okay. I don't mind seeing it again. 5. Will: Good. Meet me there at one. 6. Jim: Um, I have church that day, so that will be cutting it close... but don't worry about it. 7. Will: Who's worried? Rewrite this dialogue with Jim using a more assertive communication style. Your new dialogue should show how being assertive results in an outcome that is more acceptable for both teens.

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Here is a sample dialogue that shows an assertive style of communication:

Will: Hey, Jim! Are you free on Sunday? We can catch the afternoon showing of the new action film.

Jim: Thanks for asking me, but I already saw the movie last week with my brother.

Will: I understand that you have already seen it. However, I am going to be honest, it is the movie that I’ve been wanting to see for months.

Jim: Oh, it’s totally fine with me. I don’t mind seeing it again.

Will: I appreciate that. I hope you can meet me there at one o’clock?

Jim: I wish I could but I have to attend the church that day so that will be cutting it close. It would be best if we meet there at two o’clock to see the film together.

Will: Okay, that is fine with me.

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