I have been reading through the Common Core Standards and trying to find ways that my therapy and IEP goals align with each grade level’s guidelines. The Speaking and Listening section found under English-Language-Arts outlines that our children should be able to speak in complete sentences. A few examples are:
SL.1.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
SL.3.6. Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
The worksheets contain the sentence scaffold at the top of the page so that the child will always have a visual support. There are 10 lines provided for the child to practice using the structure.
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HOW DO I USE THEM?
Here are a few ways that I would use the worksheets – plus some references to the Common Core Standards that could align with these.
1. Brainstorm different ‘who’, ‘actions’ etc. that belong to your theme and use those words in the sentences.
2. Ask the child to describe the illustrations in their curriculum-based books using the given structure.
SL.K.4. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail. RI.1.7. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
3. Ask the child to retell parts of the story (from their curriculum books) using a given structure.
SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media).
WHAT IF MY CHILD CAN’T WRITE COMPLETE SENTENCES?
I will usually scribe the child’s exact responses as an expressive language goal (versus written language goal). It helps with my data collection and then I can go back and teach the structures. I also let my parents know that they can scribe for their children if writing is a barrier. For older children, I expect them to write the sentences as part of their language homework.