Problem: Student does not use appropriate grammar.
1. Subject- Verb Agreement
- Make sure the student understands that sentences express thoughts about a subject and what the subject is or does.
- Make sure the student understands the concept of plurality- cat/cats.
- Identify a peer who uses appropriate subject-verb agreement to act as a gently and positive model for the student.
- Have the student verbally construct sentences with specific verb forms and subjects.
2. Verb Tenses
- Make sure the student understands the concept of verb tenses by demonstrating what "is happening", what "already happened" , and what "will happen" through the use of objects, pictures, and/or written sentences.
- Determine if the student has appropriate sequencing skills. This is important before the use of verb tenses can be developed.
- Use a private signal to remind the student to use the correct verb tense- example: use hand over shoulder for past tense and pointing forward for future tense.
- During the day, write down the sentences that the student uses with incorrect verb tenses. Have the student make corrections for incorrect verb tenses and then read the corrected sentences aloud.