University of Edinburgh

Promoting Literacy in Deaf Children

Presented on Friday, 7 December 2007

Some examples of reflective exercises

Catherine Baldwin

1. Vocabulary work – spellings + meanings; synonyms; homonyms; figurative + literal usage; inferring meaning of new words

2. Sequencing – words / phrases / sentences

3. Syntax – at earlier levels, work especially on pronouns, verb tense, simple sentence structure; later on work on complex structures + particular points of grammar

4. Punctuation – identifying different speakers from speech marks; significance of apostrophes

5. Comprehension – structuring answers to questions; providing supporting evidence; illustrating phrases/sentences;

6. Character + themes - literal + inferential understanding; author's standpoint