Thank you for looking at Language Lessons to Kick off the New Year for Middle School Students ~~
Included in this packet are three specific language units designed to address language processing, inferencing and social language development, geared towards middle school students, around a New Year's theme. Although the scenarios are around the New Year's theme, they can be practiced and developed throughout the year.
Lesson 1 – Hmmmm… What Can You Infer is the New Year’s Resolution? For this lesson, students will determine what the person in each scenario made a decision to resolve to change for the New Year by inferencing the resolution. Remember, a resolution is something that is decided on by a person to change for the better! Explain to the students that as they get older, they will start to hear friends and family members talk about their resolutions. Instead of being able to ask each person in the scenario what their resolution is, it will be the task presented to your students to determine what that change is by inferencing. You will notice, that as in ‘real life’, some New Year’s resolutions are easier to figure out than others. 20 inferencing scenarios in all.
Lesson 2 – Uh Oh… Social Pragmatic Problem Solving Scenarios for New Year’s! This lesson was created for students who experience difficulty verbalizing correct and appropriate language in social situations. The scenarios in this packet are specifically designed around a New Year’s theme, but can certainly be practiced during other times of the year. I have found that my students need practice and benefit when the are provided with a variety of specific scenarios and learn necessary things to say and how to say them. Some of the 32 scenarios include:
Dealing with emergency situations
Scenarios involving sarcasm
Being honest without hurting feelings
Initiating the conversation
Politely expressing regret
Including someone in the conversation
Using language to compromise
Deciding on chores
Handling New Year’s Eve social situations
Handling awkward situations
Lesson 3 - This activity can be for students that are in fourth grade to eighth/ninth grade to improve language processing skills in small groups. I created this activity for my students who experience difficulty listening to short stories and then responding to questions regarding them. The 40 three to four sentence paragraphs contain specific referential vocabulary for recall. Students are reminded to repeat information back to themselves, as well as, to try to visualize what is being said. I have highlighted words to emphasize during reading. I tell my student to really listen up for those words! This task requires attention, short –term memory and comprehension skills, in order for the students to correctly answer the questions. Teachers will read the short stories and ask the students to listen to them to demonstrate an understanding of those stories by answering brief questions. The answers to the questions are found directly within the content of the stories! All of the 40 short stories were researched and then written by me around the New Year’s theme to make it more relevant for this time of the year! For those of your students who experience difficulty with the task, I encourage my students to take notes to facilitate recall and again, repeat information back to him/herself.
Stories have been written for the following countries:
Teachers will read the short stories and ask the students to listen to the paragraphs and demonstrate understanding of them by answering varied ‘wh’ questions.
For those of you who are speech-language pathologists, I designed this activity to help my students develop their ability with auditory comprehension of language.
******* This lesson contains two products that have been in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, but I wanted to combine them into a lesson unit for language development for middle schoolers, and they both have been recently updated. The two lesson packets are New Year's Eve and Day Traditions Around the World - A lesson created to Develop Language Processing Skills and Uh… Oh, Social Language Scenarios - New Year's & Inferencing the New Year's Resolution… so, if you have those packets, please do not purchase this packet!