Although there have been very positive outcomes secondary to newborn hearing screening, early amplification and early intervention services, approximately 30-40% of students with hearing loss have additional learning challenges and many students have significant language delays. In general, these students will struggle with the complexities of English grammar / syntax, both in reading comprehension and expressive writing. While it is clear that these skills need to be worked on intensively if they are to improve, it is challenging to know just how to address grammar issues and to have the materials on hand to support true progress toward improvement.
Cracking the Grammar Code is an AMAZING resource! This CD consist of 521 pages of STUDENT MATERIALS. Whether for the itinerant teacher meeting with a student weekly, a center-based DHH classroom or supplemental materials for special education resource or mainstream classroom, Cracking the Grammar Code provides a year’s worth of focused learning materials. In addition to the 521 pages of student materials there is also 128 page PDF consisting of a comprehensive visual dictionary that provides a photo, simple definition, synonyms, and use in a sentence. A fabulous resource and teaching tool. The combined PDF files total over 640 pages. Whether new or veteran, you will be thrilled at having this wealth of materials, ready to print out or view on your media device. Karen Anderson, Director
Cracking the Grammar Code
A Comprehensive Teacher and Student Guide for Writing
Written by a deaf educator and a speech language pathologist, Cracking the Grammar Code is a resource to help students master basic concepts for English grammar and writing. It contains daily activities regarding language rules for a school year.
Each key concept is taught predictably, alternating between two kinds of activities: teacher-directed and student application. Each pair of activities gets progressively more challenging and builds on previous knowledge to add consistency and practice as students work their way through each lesson.
This guide will comprehensively teach nouns, such as common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, possessive nouns and abstract, concrete, and collective nouns. Articles, conjunctions, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and prepositional phrases are thoroughly addressed in incremental steps. The verbs section covers topics including action verbs, linking verbs, helping verbs, present participles, past participles, irregular verbs, verb tenses, infinitives, transitive and intransitive verbs, and gerunds. Then when learning about subject-verb agreement rules, students master finding the subject, rules for subject-verb agreement and writing grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs.
This material can be used by education and regular education teachers, including resource teachers, teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, teachers of English Language Learners, Special Day Class teachers, and general education teachers who wish to emphasize grammar skills. It is designed for use with students from upper elementary school through high school.