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As speech and language pathologists, we serve children from preschool to grade five with language disorders. Language skills are essential for academic success, since they affect speaking, listening, reading and writing. Poor overall language skills and low oral vocabulary are correlated with lower reading achievement. We would like to implement a supplemental curriculum called Text Talk, a research based program for children in grades K-3 which improves vocabulary, comprehension and oral language skills through the use of children's literature. Text Talk received a positive review from the Florida Center for Reading Research.

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Text Talk: Robust Vocabulary Instruction

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School:
San Jose Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Jacqueline Farrell 
 
Jane Smart 
Students Impacted:
40 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
July 10, 2015

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Bright House Networks - $850.00

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Goal

As speech and language pathologists, we serve children from preschool to grade five with language disorders. Language skills are essential for academic success, since they affect speaking, listening, reading and writing. Poor overall language skills and low oral vocabulary are correlated with lower reading achievement. We would like to implement a supplemental curriculum called Text Talk, a research based program for children in grades K-3 which improves vocabulary, comprehension and oral language skills through the use of children's literature. Text Talk received a positive review from the Florida Center for Reading Research. 

 

What will be done with my students

Each level of the Text Talk curriculum includes twenty high quality children’s books. Included with each book is a week’s worth of lessons which focus on vocabulary, oral language and comprehension skills, with a total of twenty weeks of instruction. Objectives for each lesson are aligned with the general education curriculum. Small groups will be used to give children multiple opportunities to respond.
Sessions One and Two: Read Aloud and Discussion: Each book unit will begin with the therapist reading aloud and discussing a high quality children’s literature selection with the group. Each book has includes six pre planned vocabulary words (120 words for the one level), and teacher’s notes for engaging children verbally using open ended questions that increase comprehension.

Sessions Three and Four: Direct vocabulary instruction: Students will be taught word meanings as they relate to the story and other contexts. Students will be taught by engaging them in verbal reasoning activities and giving them opportunities to use vocabulary to describe their own experiences.

Session Five: Review and Assessment: Vocabulary Instruction will be reviewed. Children will be assessed to determine comprehension of specific vocabulary taught. Students will return to the story to discuss story elements, such as character traits, actions, and outcomes to further increase comprehension. Vocabulary from previous books will be reviewed for retention. Children will be encouraged to use their new vocabulary in conversation and writing.
 

 

Benefits to my students

There is a direct correlation between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension. Vocabulary is vitally important in the development of literacy skills, since knowing the meaning of words is necessary for reading comprehension. Research also confirms that the use of “read alouds,” i.e. a teacher reading rich, quality literature to children and engaging them in discussion about the book is a proven method of increasing language development, which is a foundation for literacy.  

 

Describe the Students

Our students are ESE students from PreK to Grade 5. All have Individual Education Plans and have been identified as having language delays and/or disorders.  

 

Budget Narrative

Each kit contains: the Teacher’s Guide which includes 20 lessons, assessment materials, and take-home letters; the Read-Aloud Library with two copies of 20 trade books; the Text Talk Notes with open-ended questions to guide the text discussions; the Word Winner Chart used as a visual incentive to record each use of the new vocabulary words; and the Implementation Video for professional development. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Text Talk, Level Grades K-1 $425.00
2 Text Talk Level B, Grades 1-2 $425.00
  Total: $850.00

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