Narrative Language Intervention Activities

Narrative language based intervention is one of my most recommended treatment methods for SLPs. Using narrative language intervention activities can be beneficial in targeting a variety of speech and language skills. Narrative language intervention activities are designed to improve a person’s ability to understand, produce, and tell stories effectively.

Narrative Language Activities

Here are ten effective narrative language intervention activities that you can start using today:

Story Retelling:

Provide a short story or picture book and have students retell the story in their own words. When working on story retell, it’s essential to teach story grammar elements, so the child can use them in their retell. This includes characters, setting, problem, events, and resolution. When discussing the problem of the story, it’s also a good idea to discuss how the character is feeling. The events of the story would be the action or ideas the character has for solving the problem. The resolution would be how the problem is solved and how the character feels at that point.

Sequencing Cards:

Use picture cards depicting different scenes from a story or event. Ask students to arrange the cards in the correct sequence to retell the story or describe the event. Sequencing cards pair well with story retell. Make sure to include all the essential story grammar elements along with the sequencing cards.

Story Starters:

Give students a picture, sentence or phrase to start a story and ask them to continue the narrative. This encourages creativity and storytelling skills. When using story starters, keep story grammar icons or visuals handy to help students include all the essential elements for a good story.

Story Mapping:

Create a visual representation of a story’s elements, such as characters, setting, problem, events, and resolution, using graphic organizers or drawing tools. This is just another way to ensure that students are able to identify all the story grammar elements.

Story Comprehension Questions:

After reading or listening to a story, ask comprehension questions to assess understanding of the plot, characters, and main events (problem, feelings, action, solution).

Digital Storytelling:

Use digital tools such as storytelling apps, animation software, or multimedia platforms to create and share stories incorporating text, images, and audio.

Peer Story Sharing:

Pair students up to take turns retelling a story or sharing their own stories with each other. Students can use a story grammar checklist to mark all the elements they hear as their partner tells the story. This helps keep both students actively engaged and focused on the structure of the story.

Narrative Language Games:

Play board games or card games that involve storytelling elements, such as creating a story based on drawn cards or answering questions to progress through a narrative.

Story-based Art Activities:

Combine storytelling with art by having students create illustrations or visual representations of stories they’ve read or heard. They can then practice using story grammar elements as they tell about their pictures.

Sabotage:

Set up a game or activity with an essential piece missing. Maybe the game is missing important pieces for moving around the board, missing dice or a spinner…then point out students that there is a problem. Ask them how they feel. Then ask them what should be done to solve the problem. Help students work through the problem and complete the activity. Then use story grammar elements to retell the situation and how it was resolved.

In Summary

These narrative language activities can be tailored to a student’s age, interests, and language abilities, and they can be adapted for use in various settings, including classrooms, therapy sessions, and home environments.

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