Intervention Ideas during African American History Month

Dr. Brenda K. Gorman, Contributing Author

Speech-language pathologists are increasingly designing their language interventions to align with school curricula. Of course, this is easier for school-based clinicians who have more communication with classroom teachers and easier access to classroom goals and lesson plans. For clinic-based clinicians, it may be somewhat more challenging to find out what their young clients are learning in the classroom, although parents often have access to this information which they can share with clinicians.

I am a strong supporter of language intervention that expands children’s language skills while also supporting their world and background knowledge. February is African American History Month during which the country celebrates the innumerable contributions that African Americans have made to the economic, cultural, social, and political developmental of the United States. If you are looking for ideas for language intervention themes this month, African American history is the perfect topic for clients of all ages. Think of all the rich content knowledge and vocabulary related to social studies and social language that you can incorporate: historical figures, government, geography, maps, cultures, timelines, feelings, and so many more.

Susie King Taylor

For example, one of the common core standards for second graders (ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3) indicates that children will describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. For third graders (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3), it states that children that children will describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. According to one standard for sixth through eighth graders (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.10), students will read and comprehend history/social studies texts complexity band proficiently.

There are excellent resources available on the web, including children’s books and lesson plans, to help you plan intervention this month. Just a few are listed below. Enjoy African American History!

http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

http://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/teachers.html

http://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/blackhistory

https://www.teachervision.com/black-history-month/lesson-plan/48600.html

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About Brenda K. Gorman

Dr. Gorman is an Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. She completed her Master’s and Doctorate with a multicultural/bilingual specialization in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin. Brenda worked for many years as a bilingual (Spanish-English) speech-language pathologist serving diverse caseloads for public school districts, early intervention agencies, and a company which she co-founded in 2001. She has an extensive background in working with ELLs and providing professional development to teachers who work with ELLs, and she serves as a clinical advisor to Lingua Health and Grupo Lingua. Brenda has conducted research, published, and presented on topics related to speech and language assessment and intervention in bilingual populations and language and literacy development and disorders. She has taught courses in numerous topic areas ranging from assessment and intervention in bilingual populations, child language and literacy disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency, to adult language disorders and AAC. She co-directed the Reading Acquisition for Spanish Speakers Program (RASPA) and an Early Reading First (ERF) project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education while at Marquette University, where she earned tenure in 2013. Brenda is now at Elmhurst College, where she is investigating language and literacy assessment and intervention in bilinguals and co-developing a dual-language (Spanish-English) language and literacy curriculum for preschoolers.

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