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Expressive Language
Expressive language refers to the use of verbal language.

Strategies to Increase Expressive Language Skills
Strategies to Increase Expressive Language Skills
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

1. Have students list and/or describe the directions or steps for completing a task or playing a game.

2. Ask students to describe pictures in books using details and adjectives to provide visual cues.

3. Read a paragraph from a book, and ask two to three questions about the paragraph.

4. Read a story to students, and have them re-tell the story in their own words.

5. Have students describe the following reading concepts using longer and more complex sentences after you read a story or after they read a story.

Author’s Purpose:
- Identify why an author wrote a text.
- Identify whether the author trying to entertain, inform, or persuade the readers.

Main Idea:
- Identify the essential message of the text.
- Identify the most important point of a paragraph or story.

Plot Development and Resolution:
- Identify the setting, characters, and main events in a story.
- Identify a sequence of events in the the order that they occurred in the story.
- Identify the problems and solutions in a story.

Cause and Effect:
- Identify what causes an event to occur.
- Identify what causes a character or person to feel a certain emotion.

Comparing and Contrasting:
- Identify the similarities of two or more items.
- List words that describe both characters, both places, both events, etc.
- Identify the differences of two or more items.

Facts and Opinions:
- Identify facts as things that are true/concrete.
- Identify opinions as the way that a person feels or a person’s thoughts about a topic.

6. Have students describe the following reading concepts after completing a story map using longer and more complex sentences.

Setting: (When and where does the story take place?)
Characters: (Who is in the story?)
Problem/Goal: (What do the main characters want to do? What problem do they want to solve?)
Major Events: (What happens to move them towards the goal/solution?)
Outcome: (What is the resolution?)

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Expository Graphic Organizers For Value Concepts
Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

COMPASSION


Three ways that I show compassion to others are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
When I am compassionate, I care about other people’s needs. I should treat others the way that I would like to be treated.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show compassion by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I am compassionate when I help other people. I can make a difference in the lives of others by being kind.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

DISCIPLINE


Three ways that I demonstrate discipline are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Self discipline produces good results. It is important that I complete my class work and homework consistently.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show discipline by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Discipline is important in all areas of life. When I finish my work, I demonstrate discipline.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

FRIENDSHIP


Three ways that I show friendship are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Friendship helps me enjoy life. I like sharing special times with my friends.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I demonstrate friendship by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Friendship is important to me. A good friend helps others and cares about people.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

HONESTY


Three ways that I demonstrate honesty are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I tell the truth because it is the right thing to do. I need to be honest to earn people’s trust.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show honesty when I ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Honesty helps people trust me. It is important to tell the truth.


Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

COURTESY


Three ways that I show courtesy are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
It is important to show others respect by using good manners. When I pay attention to classmates and teachers, I am being courteous.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I demonstrate courtesy by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Respecting people with courteous behavior makes people feel good. I enjoy being nice to others.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

JOY


Three reasons why I am joyful are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Joy can be contagious when my happiness makes others feel good. Each day, I have the opportunity to be happy and express who I am.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I am joyful because ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I determine my attitude about life. It is important to choose to be happy and appreciate how wonderful my life is.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

INDIVIDUALITY


Three ways that I demonstrate individuality are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
When I learn to use my individual talents, I build confidence in my abilities. My uniqueness makes me special.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show individuality by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
My individual qualities make me special. I am a wonderful person.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

COOPERATION


Three ways that I show cooperation are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
By working together with others, I can accomplish more than I can do alone. It is important to try to get along with others.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I demonstrate cooperation when I ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
It is important to work together with children and adults. Cooperation makes everyone’s life easier.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

RESPONSIBILITY


Three ways that I demonstrate responsibility are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Responsibility helps me mature and demonstrate respect for people and possessions. Adults are proud of me when I am responsible.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show responsibility by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
When I am responsible, I show that I can be trusted with what is expected of me. It is important to be responsible at school and at home.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

LEARNING


Three ways that I demonstrate learning are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Learning requires discipline and motivation. I like to learn new things every day.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show learning by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Motivation for learning is very important in life. I want to be a lifelong learner.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

PATIENCE


Three ways that I show patience are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
It is important to be patient, even though it can be hard to wait for what I want. Working toward a goal and waiting until the right time will help me earn positive rewards.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I demonstrate patience when I ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I realize the importance of waiting patiently. If I want others to be patient with me, I need to be patient with others.

Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

COURAGE


Three ways to demonstrate courage are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I am brave enough to do the right thing. Courage is an important reflection of my inner strength.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show courage by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Courage is bravery for doing what should be done. I am courageous enough to do the right thing because I believe in myself.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

KINDNESS


Three ways to demonstrate kindness are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I can show others that they are valuable by treating them with kindness. It is important to treat others the way that I would like to be treated.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show kindness to others by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I am kind to others because I treat others the way that I want to be treated. When I show kindness, I do not expect anything in return.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

INITIATIVE


Three ways that I show initiative are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Observing what needs to be done and completing it demonstrates initiative. The best reward for taking initiative is being proud of my accomplishments.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I show initiative by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
When I show initiative, people appreciate my hard work. Initiative is a valuable quality to demonstrate because it helps me achieve excellence.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

ORDERLINESS


Three ways to demonstrate orderliness are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I make better use of my time and energy when I am organized. Orderliness also helps me to accomplish goals and be successful.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I demonstrate orderliness by ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Orderliness helps make my life easier. Being organized will help me compete tasks.


Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

PEACE


Three ways to promote peace are ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
Every day there are chances to show that peace is important. To promote peace, we must see the worth in other people and see the value of respecting each other.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, three actions that help me be peaceful are ____________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
My peaceful attitude will produce future benefits. I can be a symbol of peace and hope.



Expository Graphic Organizer
created by Nicole Nystrom M.S. CCC-SLP

UNIQUENESS


Three qualities that make me unique are my ________________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I possess special qualities that make me unique. Recognizing and appreciating my unique attributes and talents will help me reach my full potential.


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Conclusion:

In conclusion, I am unique because of my ____________________,
____________________________, and _________________________________ .
I have a unique set of skills and traits which help me attain my personal goals. I am proud of my unique qualities, and I will accept the unique characteristics that other people possess.



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