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Language development is a critical component of students’ academic and social growth. Special educators are often challenged with the responsibility of analyzing language and speech disorders and their implications for learning to appropriately respond to the needs of students with disabilities.
Based on your readings and research on typical language development, identify a minimum of three typical speech and language milestones from birth to age 5, using the “Language Milestone Timeline Chart.”
For each milestone identified, list potential causes of delays, implications for learning for children with those delays, and evidence‐based learning strategies that can be used to support and enhance the communication skills of children with those speech and language delays.
Support your findings with a minimum of five scholarly resources.
PART 2
using the “Class Profile,” identify a group of 3‐4 elementary students who would benefit from an oral language development or phonemic awareness lesson. Determine a K‐2 grade level for your group of fictional students, select an ELA standard from your state related to Oral Language Development or Phonemic Awareness, and then select a corresponding grade‐level text appropriate for use in a lesson plan for the determined group. You may use Appendix B of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards to help you determine an appropriate text for the lesson.
With your choices in mind, use the “COE Lesson Plan Template” to design a lesson on oral language development or phonemic awareness, utilizing storytelling, dramatic play, or a read‐aloud as an instructional strategy. Thoroughly script the “Multiple Means of Engagement” section, emphasizing the use of questions to access student’s background knowledge and abilities to build new skills and develop common understanding through shared, concrete experiences.
Upon completion of your lesson plan, compose a 250‐500 word summary, rationalizing how your instructional decisions help your group students to flourish in the classroom, as opposed to just survive. Be sure to address how you will use your findings in your future professional practice.
PART 3:
Part A: Small Group Literacy Skills Lesson Plan
With a certified special education teacher in an early childhood elementary (Grades K‐3) inclusive setting, identify a small group of students who would benefit from a lesson plan reinforcing a literacy skill previously taught to them. Use the prompts below to help guide a discussion with the mentor teacher about each student’s development.
What criteria does the mentor teacher use to assess the students’ literacy skill development and abilities?
How does the mentor teacher assess individual and group progress?
How does the mentor teacher modify instruction to meet student needs?
What are examples of developmentally‐appropriate learning experiences the mentor teacher has used to develop students’ literacy skills?
Collaborate with the mentor teacher to design a complete standard‐ based lesson that meets the needs of the identified students, using the “COE Lesson Plan Template.” (Note: The literacy skills lesson will be implemented as part of “Clinical Field Experience B.”)
Use any remaining field experience hours to assist the teacher in providing instruction and support to the class.
Part B: Rationale
In 250‐500 words, summarize and reflect upon your discussion with your mentor teacher, as well as your observations of and participation in the classroom. Discuss the small group literacy skills lesson plan you and your mentor developed, as well as the needs of the students for whom you designed the lesson. Be sure to explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice.