Spotlight on Figurative Language: Multiple Meanings

Ages: 8-14
Grades: 3-9

Multiple meaning words can be a source of frustration for students with language disorders. These lessons will bring that to a screeching halt.

English is the language that uses the most multiple-meaning words. They sound alike and can be spelled alike. No wonder students with language disorders get frustrated.

This Spotlight uses direct instruction techniques to teach the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of multiple-meaning words. The results are improvement in reading comprehension, writing compositions, and standardized test performance. Pre- and post-tests document your student's progress.

In-depth training teaches students to:

  • distinguish homophones (e.g., break/brake)
  • identify homographs (e.g., words that are spelled the same but have different meanings as in "close")
  • write multiple word definitions
  • match word definitions to the correctly spelled word
  • use context to determine word meaning
  • generate sentences with homophones and homographs
  • identify changes in word meaning from prefixes and suffixes

The sections of this book, homographs, homophones, and mixed multiple meanings, are based on the fact that all multiple-meaning words are either homographs or homophones.

The activities are written in the successful Spotlight series format. Students with language-learning disorders benefit from:

  • uncomplicated grammar
  • clear explanations with examples
  • lessons written in ascending order of difficulty so the teaching progression and performance demands are gradual and reinforcing
  • varied lesson formats with plenty of practice activities
  • a variety of curricular content as well as daily life experiences

40 pages 8.5 x 11, softcover 2012


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