Social Stories are a great teaching tool not only for students with special needs, but also for any child that needs a little help internalizing the many behavioral expectations that we throw their way in school.
The value of a social story is in the simplicity of the language and the corresponding visuals. You will notice that all of my social stories have blank boxes above the words. In these boxes either insert or affix a picture of the student modeling the behavior described in the words, or have them draw a picture to accompany the words. Both approaches will foster a sense of ownership and pride and will result in more time spent reading it.
This is a great social story for students that struggle with remembering the rules for read to self time while also reminding them of the awesome challenge that stands before them each day!
Pages include the following ideas (wording not exact):
- Growing as a reader means reading from a variety of genres
- During read to self time I am expected to be quiet and reading
- I am not allowed to talk to my friends
- I need to focus on reading--no bathroom breaks or drinks
- I am learning to build my reading stamina
- If I get stuck on a word, I can use my strategies
- If I finish my book, I can start a new one
- Each day I challenge myelf to grow as a reader