*** Revised format on 12/5/15
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This activity can be for students that are in third grade to eighth 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 28 stories consist of two to three sentences containing specific referential vocabulary. Students are reminded to repeat information back to themselves, as well as, 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 to correctly answer questions. Stories are around the following themes:
Everyday holiday preparation.
Summary of A Christmas Carol
The legend of the Poinsettia
New York City at Christmastime
The history of mistletoe, Christmas cards, Christmas stockings and Christmas trees
Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Christmas traditions like the glass pickle
Inflatable outdoor decorations
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.
The answers to the questions are containing directly in the content of the stories! All of the 26 short stories I wrote around the Christmas / Holiday theme to make it more relevant to this time of year! Several of my students do not celebrate Christmas, but we discuss that the tasks are designed for the listening comprehension and not to learn about Christmas in the religious context.
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.
If you have any questions regarding this lesson, or any of the lessons I created, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.