Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders.
Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication disabilities - often have few opportunities to create genuine written output. Yet genuine writing activities should be provided daily.
Sometimes students are limited by size of sight word vocabulary. Sometimes they are limited by access to ideas. And sometimes they are limited by (lack of) access to the alphabet and words.
Here is a word bank of 60 early core words that have been captured from the research of Benajee et al and Sturm et al that students can use as a reference to see how the words they need for writing are spelled.
This core word bank is meant to be the anchor in a series of word bank resources that will include a variety of topic word banks for students to use to assist them with written samples. The “Pets” folder and "About Me" are also available now.
Message me through TPT if you have specific topics to suggest.
Each word bank will supplement these core words by providing written labels/samples attached to visual symbols students can recognize and copy into their written samples. Simply place each set into a file folder for easy storage and retrieval.
At the end of the 6 pages of core words to use as samples, there are pages of these words placed in text boxes.
Laminate and cut these apart and use them to provide students with opportunities to construct sentences and phrases from these words. Provide a select group of the words to a student, with a model of what can be constructed from those words. There is a list of 40 phrase ideas to get started.
All students deserve the opportunity to become literate. I hope you find in my resources materials you can use to help you teach them these skills.