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 book makes assessment and progress monitoring easy! Karen Anderson, Director
Spotlight on Figurative Language: Indirect Language Ages: 8-14 Grades: 3-9
End the confusion children with language issues often have with unique and idiomatic expressions. These lessons teach them to “get it” and ultimately use these expressions with their peers.
Spotlight on Figurative Language Indirect Language helps students with language issues understand unspoken meaning, its purposes in communication, and how to use it successfully. The book is organized into five sections:
- Connotations—recognize and use connotative words appropriately
- Context Clues—determine meaning from body posture, facial expressions, and gestures
- Implications—understand how combinations of words and their contexts have differing implications
- Indirect Language—differentiate polite from impolite remarks, use indirect language to politely inform
- Sarcasm and Irony—recognize sarcasm and irony and how they differ; recognize the inappropriate use of sarcasm
Students with language issues benefit from:
- uncomplicated grammar
- clear explanations with examples
- lessons written in ascending order of difficulty so the teaching progression and performance demands are gradual and reinforcing
- varied lesson formats with plenty of practice activities
- a variety of curricular content as well as daily life experiences
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