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Literacy Beyond Picture Books
Teaching Secondary Students With Moderate to Severe Disabilities



© 2009 | 224 pages | Corwin

"I was rejuvenated by the opportunities for exciting and meaningful instruction. My creative thoughts ran rampant with how I could use these ideas with my novice teachers as well as within my classroom."
—Jayne Englert-Burns, Consulting Teacher, Special Education
Montgomery County Public Schools, Germantown, MD

"The authors have done a nice job of describing how to make teaching student-centered by focusing on individual student interests and learning styles and by making classroom instruction exciting and fun."
—Dennis H. Reid, Director
Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center

Engage students' interest and build foundational literacy skills!

Teaching literacy to middle school and high school students with significant disabilities can prove challenging when available reading materials often don't match students' reading levels and interests. This accessible, step-by-step guide shows teachers how to match students with appropriate texts and develop inventive themed units that encourage literacy learning.

Teachers can build whole units around a selected text and create hands-on activities that engage multiple senses. This valuable resource includes sample activities and lesson plans, ideas for adapting general education materials, and essential information on how to:

  • Build vocabulary and use retelling and guided reading
  • Teach functional skills on a daily basis
  • Incorporate media and assistive technology
  • Coordinate with general education teachers and involve parents
  • Assess students' learning and meet IEP goals

Perfect for special education and inclusive classrooms, this resource features everything teachers need to motivate students with disabilities and help them develop literacy skills!

 
List of Tables
 
Foreword by Karena Cooper-Duffy
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: A Quest for Change
 
1. Research and Program Overview
 
2. Establishing a Foundation for Planning
 
3. Building a Theme
 
4. Setting the Stage
 
5. Providing Access Through Assistive Technology
 
6. Instructional Delivery
 
7. Home Involvement
 
8. Assessment
 
9. Collaboration With General Education and Inclusion
 
10. Functional Skills
 
Appendix I: Lesson Plans for Black Stallion
 
Appendix II: Lesson Plans for Island of the Blue Dolphin
 
Appendix III: Lesson Plans for Stone Fox
 
Appendix IV: Lesson Plans for The Secret Garden
 
Appendix V: Lesson Plans for Where the Lilies Bloom
 
Appendix VI: Lesson Plans for the Wizard of Oz
 
Resources
 
Glossary
 
References
 
List of Universal Resource Locators
 
Index

"I was rejuvenated by the potential opportunities for exciting and meaningful instruction. My creative thoughts ran rampant with how I could use these ideas with my novice teachers as well as within my classroom."

Jayne Englert-Burns, Consulting Teacher, Special Education
Montgomery County Public Schools, Germantown, MD

"Provides everything needed to start an appropriate curriculum that is motivating and challenging for students with moderate to severe disabilities. This book is a winner!"

Karen Kozy-Landress, Speech/Language Pathologist

"We’ve tried for the last few years to adapt the grade level material to help our students feel like part of the general education setting, while still meeting their IEP goals. It’s been a real challenge, but this book helps bring the concept to more of a reality."

Michelle Strom, Language Arts Teacher
Carson Middle School, Fort Carson, CO

"Each chapter is chock full of excellent ideas that have stood the test of time. The conversational tone of the authors conveys their enthusiasm for the work they share and the students they teach."

Iris Goldberg, Director of Early Childhood Education
Westchester Graduate Campus, Long Island University

"Presents a wealth of information for using a thematic approach for teaching literacy skills to students with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities. The teaching approach is comprehensive, with procedures built in to facilitate team teaching, parent involvement, use of assistive technology, and inclusive practices. The authors have done a particularly nice job of describing how to make teaching student-centered by focusing on individual student interests and learning styles and by making classroom instruction exciting and fun for students."

Dennis H. Reid, Director
Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center
Key features

A sensitive, accessible description of how to organize, plan, and execute inventive themed unit plans for secondary student with disabilities, the text includes essential information on how to:

  • build vocabulary
  • choose and use age-appropriate themes and literature
  • use retelling and guided reading
  • include functional skills on a daily basis
  • incorporate media and assistive technology
  • coordinate with general education teachers
  • involve parents
  • create and meet IEP goals with thematic activities
  • assess students' learning

The conversational teacher-to-teacher tone and many illustrative materials--photos, tables, graphic organizers, etc.--in addition to the proposed sample lessons, will make this step-by-step guide a valuable and appealing resource for practitioners.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781412971140

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