This presentation will provide participants with a framework for developing goals based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and activities using children's literature as the context for intervention for students with communication impairments in Kindergarten through Fifth grades. Specific Phonemic Awareness, Listening and Speaking, and Language domain standards will be reviewed and a specific sample IEP objective will be provided based on each standard. Each standard/IEP goal will be linked to one or more specific picture books that can be used to address the target communication skill during shared reading activities and additional extension activities after reading. Texts from a variety of genres and reading levels will be presented. Resources for identifying vocabulary and language structures appropriate for specific communication goals and grade levels will be identified. Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours.
Introduction to Common Core State Standards
Why books? Characteristics of written vs. spoken language. Practical reasons for using books in therapy.
Choosing the right book: Reading level, Vocabulary tiers, & the "fun factor."
CCSS & Children’s Literature: Grades K-2 (Phonemic Awareness, Vocabulary, Pragmatics, & Morphology/Syntax skills and books)
CCSS & Children’s Literature: Grades 3-4 (Vocabulary, Morphology/Syntax, & Pragmatics skills and books)
CCSS & Children’s Literature: Grades 5-6 (Vocabulary & Morphology/Syntax skills and books)
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
List communication skills needed for mastery of the common core state standards.
Identify children's literature that can be used as a context for addressing communication skills from the common core state standards.
Develop treatment plans based on a single piece of literature that address one or more communication goals.
Jennifer L. Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP, is an instructor for the online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD. Prior to this, she was a clinical speech-language pathologist, with 9 years of experience in an inpatient rehabilitation setting and 12 years in an education setting, serving children ages 0 – 21. Jennifer has a particular interest in the treatment of language disorders in school-age children. She has presented numerous workshops on vocabulary instruction, using books in therapy, and skill-based language assessment. Jennifer is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council and past president of the South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is the author of the "Skill-Based Assessment of Core Communication Skills."
Financial — Jennifer Schultz is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Schultz is a past member of the ASHA SLP Advisory Council.
This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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"Love all the examples of books and target skills in therapy sessions. Great ideas on how to use books with all language students in therapy sessions." M.H. (May 2021)
"I enjoyed the number of different ways to use each book or meet a number of different students' needs while connecting to the common core. I liked the variety of book examples." – S.P. (Jan. 2020)
"There was so much in this course that I listened to it twice! She really gives relevant informations for helping grade school students while addressing Common Core State Standards. The presenter kept it fun and interesting." – C.R. (Dec. 2019)
"She covered so much! I love using literature to teach language conceps and skills. I liked the examples and resources." – N.B. (Oct. 2019)
"I loved seeing specifically how to look at a common core standard, write a goal to address the standard, and then use a book to attain the goal. Examples of how to use books directly in therapy will be useful in my practice." – B.H. (Sept. 2019)
"I like the way the presenter lays out her discussion and then provided a large array of book titles to support her topics." – T.A. (Sept. 2019)
"Going over the books to support specific language goals was most beneficial." – M.E. (July 2019)
"Linking books to several goals was very helpful. I liked the specific recommendations of therapy materials and activities to address language goals." – C.H. (July 2019)
"I appreciated the specific titles of books and how they help." – J.R. (May 2019)
"I liked such a vast list of books and usable information as well as the practicality of which books can be used in which treatment goals." – A.Q. (Apr. 2019)
"I appreciated the suggestion of literature in my speech sessions. I liked all the new information for me." – A.C. (Mar. 2019)
"The presenter sounded very personable and provided wonderful extremely usable ideas!" – P.D. (Feb. 2019)
"I loved how the presenter provided sample IEP goals along with the book she used to address that goal. This presenter is phenomenal. This is the second course I have taken with her. She provides practical therapy techniques. For this course, she provided over 50 books I could use in my practice!" – J.G. (Jan. 2019)
"It was beneficial to pair the specific books with the skill or skills being targeted. I liked that the course provided many examples of ways to implement the ideas immediately and easily." – L.H. (Dec. 2018)
"I loved all of the different books and ideas for therapy. I liked how ideas were given to write IEP goals and also liked how they were broken into grades and areas such as pragmatics, vocabulary, etc." – T.L. (Nov. 2018)
"The whole presentation will be very beneficial. This course provides a total framework for addressing language therapy in schools. One of the best courses I've ever taken." – A.B. (Oct. 2018)
"I liked the references such as for determining the lexile level and the book list and demonstrations of how specific books relate to the CCSS." – J.M. (Sept. 2018)
"It was interesting from start to finish, but the younger grades K-3 will be more beneficial to me since that is primarily my caseload age group. Very practical information and many examples of books. Great course!" – C.B. (Aug. 2018)
"The research on affixes and suffixes was most beneficial. I work on these a lot and find it to be something teachers and students struggle with." – M.M. (June 2018)
"Going over how to align the core curriculum and literature to IEP Goals/Objectives was very useful. The information was so helpful!" – D.B. (May 2018)
"I liked the book references and related activities." – E.D. (Mar. 2018)
"The discussion on creating goals that align with grade-level state standards was most beneficial. I liked the examples of how to use different books to target different standards. However, I wanted preschool standards, goal suggestions, and book examples to be incorporated into this presentation." – K.H. (Mar. 2018)
"All of the CCSS and sample IEP goals are very helpful, along with the grade level and type of goal, will help in my daily practice." – S.P. (Jan. 2018)
"I am a speech therapist from grades K-5 so all grade levels were beneficial. I especially liked the use of a story stick for story retell. I liked the different websites and accessible books to implement into therapy sessions." – E.D. (Jan. 2018)
"This course is excellent! It is well worth the money. I have been a school-based SLP for 30 years, and this course gave me practical new ideas to use in therapy using children's literature. I loved the sample IEP goals per grade level. The presenter was very clear and easy to follow. It was a great course." – G.J. (Jan. 2018)
"All of it was helpful. I especially liked the book recommendations for targeting particular language skills." – L.N. (Dec. 2017)"This speaker is excellent, and this is a helpful course for anyone who is switching to the school setting or wanting to know more about using books as part of their intervention. I think participants will come out of this course armed with a whole list of wonderful books to use and ideas for how to use them." – A.Y. (Sept. 2017)