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: Multiple Meanings Ages: 8-14 Grades: 3-9
Multiple meaning words can be a source of frustration for students with language issues. These lessons will bring that to a screeching halt!
English is the language that uses the most multiple-meaning words. They sound alike and can be spelled alike. No wonder students with language disorders get frustrated.
This Spotlight uses direct instruction techniques to teach the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of multiple-meaning words. The results are improvement in reading comprehension, writing compositions, and standardized test performance. Pre- and post-tests document your student’s progress.
In-depth training teaches students to:
- distinguish homophones (e.g., break/brake)
- identify homographs (e.g., words that are spelled the same but have different meanings as in “close”)
- write multiple word definitions
- match word definitions to the correctly spelled word
- use context to determine word meaning
- generate sentences with homophones and homographs
- identify changes in word meaning from prefixes and suffixes
The sections of this book, homographs, homophones, and mixed multiple meanings, are based on the fact that all multiple-meaning words are either homographs or homophones.
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