Signal Words

by stryson

One of the textbooks I use in class is called “Making Connections.”  In this series, they love to stress the use of signal words, so that the kids can easily pick out examples of the skill being emphasized.  I rather like their stressing of this strategy, because it works incredibly well for my students.  What I don’t like  is that the signal word discussion  is handled in the manual as just that – a discussion or lecture.  The kids are supposed to discuss and brainstorm, perhaps with a list being made on the board.  With a room full of ADD kids, more than half of whom have  auditory processing difficulties, this strategy doesn’t work.  It may appear to work for about five minutes, but nothing sticks.

That being said, I am a huge fan of reference sheets.  Our school is big on reference sheets, in general, actually.  We try to get the students used to looking up the  information they need, especially since they’ll be able to do that in the real world.  I FINALLY found a reference sheet that I like for various signal words! (I could’ve made my own, but I really am trying to avoid reinventing the wheel where I can.) The link for these reference sheets is here.

It’s late in the school year to do so now, but I’m contemplating making a bulletin board on signal words next year.  If I do, I’ll be sure to post it.

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