Children with hearing loss are unable to hear speech as clearly or completely as it occurs in their surrounding environments. This impacts learning new vocabulary but seems to especially cause challenges in learning figurative language. This can cause to social awkwardness, add to misunderstandings and make a child seem more socially immature than age peers. I came across this series of books and found that the format really helped to assess, teach and monitor progress across the types of figurative language. View the Sample Pages to see the quality of the worksheets. Having a 10-question pretest/posttest for each of the 6 books makes assessment and progress monitoring easy! Karen Anderson, Director
Spotlight on Figurative Language: Idioms Ages: 8-14 Grades: 3-9
Understanding and using idioms are tough for students with language issues – until now. The depth of instruction and highly contextual lessons in this Spotlight will put your students at the top of their language game.
Based on the research of when and how students learn idioms, each chapter:
- is organized by contextual supporting theme
- uses strategies to assist students in noticing and understanding idioms
- includes examples and information to make learning “stick”
- includes in-depth practice
Chapter themes are Action, Animals, Body Parts, Clothing, and Food. The lessons focus on:
- how idioms relate to one another
- how an idiom may have a similar/opposite meaning to other idioms
- the emotions typically associated with the idiom
- relating personal experiences that reflect the meaning of an idiom
In-depth lessons in figurative language help students understand and use abstract expressions. Students will detect shades of meaning, communicate clearly, and add richness to their verbal expression.
Outcomes: Communication, Reading, Writing
These materials help upper elementary and junior high students comprehend and use figurative language in communication, reading, and writing.
As their confidence builds they’ll start using a variety of language forms to add expression to their own verbal and written communication.
The abstract aspects of figurative language are spelled out with clear explanations and examples for students with language delays or disorders. Each book uses the successful formulate of the Spotlight series:
- lessons in general developmental progression
- step-by-step advancement to build success and motivation
- a wide variety of curricular content as well as daily life experiences
- uncomplicated grammar
- current, age-appropriate topics
- a pretest/posttest