This literature-based speech-language intervention unit is based on the story, Sorry! by Trudy Ludwig. Through a captivating story, the author demonstrates how an apology counts only if you really mean it. You can find the book in most libraries and it is also available new and used from various book sellers. I developed these lessons especially for my groups that include both students with social communication deficits and traditional speech-language delays. There are a variety of lessons that can be used with students from 2nd to 6th grade.
Literature-Based Language Lessons for Sorry! include:
*4 Listening Comprehension activities as well as a detailed Read Aloud Guide, data collection form, and end-of-unit game;
*6 activities for Narrative skills including a picture sequence for retell, homework, character traits activity, and a rubric for assessing story retells;
*4 Pragmatic activities that focus on perspective-taking, tone of voice and body language, components of a sincere apology, role-playing activities, and follow-up homework;
*6 Semantic activities including examples/non-examples of vocabulary, a picture sort with vocabulary words, homophones BINGO, word work for negative prefixes, as well as assessments and homework assignments;
*5 Syntax activities including pronouns (subject, possessive, reflexive), irregular past tense verbs, prepositions, conjunctions “because/so” (cause-effect), and complex sentence formation with “before/after;”
*Phonological awareness tasks using words from the story, a list of words from the story organized according to speech sounds, and 3 homework assignments; (This story is especially conducive to working on S, R, CH, SH, and J.)
*Related expository text comprehension lessons on the Solar System that emphasize signal words, reciprocal teaching, and a KWL chart.
This unit will keep your students busy for weeks and give you a break from lesson planning. I don’t think you’ll be “Sorry!”