Language Disabilities And Assistive Technology Unit Plan

April is a fourth grader with a language impairment, but no physical impairment. Her performance on norm-referenced measures is 1.5 standard deviations below the mean for her chronological age. April has good decoding skills, but has difficulty with reading comprehension, semantics, and morphological processing. One accommodation that is prescribed in the IEP is the use of visual cues to support comprehension when learning new skills. She lacks organizational skills for writing and struggles with word choice. She receives services from a speech and language pathologist who is working with her on understanding word parts, vocabulary, and multiple meanings of words. You instruct April in a resource classroom with five other fourth grade students who also struggle with reading and written expression.

Communication goals in IEP:

  • April will identify at least five key content vocabulary words from an assigned reading using text with Mayer-Johnson symbols in Proloquo2go software and text to speech software with 90% accuracy over 10 consecutive trials.
  • April will write a definition for up to five key content vocabulary words from an assigned reading with 90% accuracy on a rubric over 10 consecutive trials.
  • April will use up to five key content vocabulary words in written sentences that use the word correctly in context, and include correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar with 90% accuracy over 10 consecutive trials.

Part 1: 3 Day Unit Plan

Use the “3 Day Unit Plan Template” to complete this assignment.

Create an English language arts (ELA) unit plan for your resource classroom based on Arizona or your state’s ELA fourth grade literacy standards specific to vocabulary acquisition and use. Includethe following in the unit plan:

  • Strategies to enhance students’ language development and communication skills in the Multiple Means of Representation section.
  • Strategies and technologies that encourage student engagement and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the Multiple Means of Engagement section.

Using details from the case study, address April’s needs in the Differentiation sections of the Multiple Means of Representation, Multiple Means of Engagement, and Multiple Means of Expression.

Specifically, incorporate the following into the unit plan to meet April’s needs:

  • The use of the AAC systems and assistive technologies planned in April’s goal to support her communication and learning.
  • Differentiated formative and summative assessments that measure April’s progress on the IEP goals in Part 1.

Part 2: Rationale

Provide a 250-500 word rationale that explains:

  • Why the instructional choices specifically meet April’s needs.
  • How the selected augmentative and alternative communication systems assistive technology used in the lesson plan is appropriate for meeting April’s needs.

Support your work with 2-3 scholarly resources.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Classroom and Student Factors/Grouping

5.0

Classroom and student factors and their effect on planning, teaching, and assessing students are meaningful for the development of the lesson and skillfully described.

Standards and Learning Targets/Objectives

5.0

The objective is performance-driven, measurable, developmentally-appropriate, and directly aligned with the state standard.

Vocabulary and Academic Language

5.0

An ideal list of vocabulary and academic terms are included along with innovative and engaging strategies for teaching the new terms.

Resources, Materials, Equipment, and Technology

5.0

Resources, materials, equipment, and technology are innovative and enhance the lesson.

Depth of Knowledge Lesson Questions

10.0

Creative and thoughtful questions are created to assess all levels of student understanding to meet the diverse students outlined in the Class Profile.

Anticipatory Set

5.0

Anticipatory set is designed to creatively engage students and meaningfully activate prior knowledge.

Multiple Means of Representation and Differentiation [CEC 5.4, ICSI.5.K2, ICSI.5.S19, IGC.5.S13, IGC.5.S14, IGC.5.S16, IGC.5.S17, IGC.5.S18, IGC.5.S19, IGC.5.S23, IGC.5.S24; InTASC 2(e); COE 2.9]

10.0

Creatively presents content using a variety of developmentally-appropriate methods or tools that meet the needs of diverse students in developing language and communication skills aligned to the identified ELA standard. Differentiation strategies meaningfully address the students’ needs, incorporating the use of the AAC system identified in the goal.

Multiple Means of Engagement and Differentiation [CEC 5.7, ICSI.5.S14, ICSI.5.S15, ICSI.5.S16, IGC.5.S3, IGC.5.S10; InTASC 5(a), 7(h); MC1, MC2, MC4; COE 3.12]

10.0

Engagement plan innovatively allows students to explore, practice, and apply the content and academic language, while developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Differentiation strategies meaningfully address the students’ needs, incorporating the use of the AAC system identified in the goal

Multiple Means of Expression and Differentiation [CEC 5.2, ICSI.5.K2, ICSI.5.K3, ICSI.5.S7, ICSI.5.S14, IGC.5.K1, IGC.5.K3, IGC.5.S1, IGC.5.S7, IGC.5.S23, IGC.5.S24, IGC.5.S25, IGC.5.S29; InTASC 6(g), 6(i), 6(r), 8(b); ISTE-E 3b, 5b, 5c, 6b; MC1, MC4; COE 4.6]

10.0

Formative and summative assessments are technically sound and superbly designed to monitor students’ progress toward the identified learning targets/objectives. Differentiation strategies meaningfully address the needs of April, incorporating the use of the AAC system identified in the IEP goals.

Extension Activity and/or Homework

5.0

Extension activities and/or homework are creative, developmentally appropriate, and fully aligned to the unit’s learning objective.

Rationale: Part 1 [CEC 1.2, ICSI.1.K3, ICSI.1.K4, ICSI.1.K7, ICSI.1.K12, ICSI.1.K13, IGC.1.K4, IGC.1.S1; InTASC 1(a), 1(b), 1(d), 1(e), 1(f), 1(h), 1(j), 2(a), 2(b), 2(g), 2(h), 2(l); MC1, MC2, MC3, MC5; COE 1.7]

10.0

Rationale comprehensively articulates why the unit instructional choices made are ideal for meeting April’s needs.

Rationale: Part 2 [CEC 5.3, ICSI.5.K2, ICSI.5.K3, ICSI.5.S15, ICSI.5.S19, ICSI.5.S20, IGC.5.K1, IGC.5.S7, IGC.5.S21; InTASC 3(h), 8(g); MC1, MC4; COE 3.9]

10.0

Rationale comprehensively articulates how the selected augmentative and alternative communication systems assistive technology used in the lesson plan is appropriate for meeting April’s needs.

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

5.0

Submission is virtually free of mechanical errors. Word choice reflects well-developed use of practice and content-related language.

Documentation of Sources (citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., as appropriate to assignment and style)

5.0

Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignme

 

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