Teachers often share that it is hard to get some students to talk and open up about their weekend. There could be a few reasons why this is:
-- difficulty finding the words (word retrieval deficits)
-- low vocabulary
-- possible anxiety about not doing much over the weekend
-- English Language Learners may have limited knowledge about what you want to hear
We often resort to QUESTION asking and verbal prompts to squeeze any bit of info out of our students, however, the student really never learns how to generate a brief personal narrative on their own.
These VISUAL TOOLS will help - and there are 8 pages in total.
Page 1. Presents the groups or categories that guide their personal ORAL or WRITTEN narrative. These visuals (e.g, Activity, Place, People, Feelings) will help students organize their thinking and understand the basic components of a personal narrative.
Pages 2 and 3. Home and Outside of Home ("Leaving") pictures will trigger ideas for content- and also frames it as 'small and big moments- in case anxiety about not doing anything too exciting is a barrier. Each page has 25 icons, 50 in total to help your students know what they can talk about.
Pages 4, 5 and 6 provide actual SAMPLE responses you can show your students- so that you may provide an oral and visual model.
Pages 7 and 8 are 2 blank writing graphic organizers- if your student is ready to draw about- or write their personal narrative. One response box is blank and the other is lined.
You may also like to check out: Playdough Visuals
to teach and reinforce new language! Great to leave in the classroom with Teaching Assistants or 1:1 Aids... or use at home!
THANKS for supporting your students. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.