Focus on Feelings
Explore real-life feelings with photos, stories and activities
A contemporary language arts curriculum for transition age students with a Student Reader with a corresponding PDF and Focus on Feelings Software that reads the stories aloud to students. The software includes many other features including text highlighting, vocabulary word definitions, testing and a management system.
Focus on Feelings is a collection of photo-illustrated lessons that help adolescents and young adults recognize and understand the way people are likely to feel in a variety of life situations. The lessons include photo-illustrated stories with main characters of all ages and ethnicities.
Focus on Feelings book sold individually or in kits that include books, a PDF file and software:
- Focus on Feelings Introductory Kit includes one book, one PDF CD, and the multimedia software on a Win/Mac CD. The PDF CD includes a printable PDF file with a Classroom License that lets you print stories for each student. Also on the CD are JPEG versions of the photos and illustrations of facial expressions appearing in the book. These can be used for worksheets, flashcards, or to illustrate the students’ own stories.
- Focus on Feeling Classroom Kit includes eight books, the PDF CD, and the multimedia software.
Focus on Feelings Book
Each of the 19 lessons opens with a title and text to introduce the story, followed by a symbol-supported dictionary of emotions page. Every page of the four-page story is a new scene, depicted with color photographs and text to illustrate the situation. Each story page also features a multiple-choice “How do I feel?” question, which requires the student to correctly identify, by facial expression, the character’s likely response. Following the stories are two pages of symbol-supported review material and activities.
By Marcy Weiland and David Nelson. Spiralbound book in full color, 164 pages, 2010.
Focus on Feelings Software
The Focus on Feelings Software reads the stories aloud to students with professional narration. Text is highlighted word by word, line by line or by complete sentence. Graphics are plentiful, contemporary and age-appropriate. A test at the end of each story provides speech support and an optional hint feature that directs students to the page that addresses each question. Students can access the software by mouse, touch screen, or single or double switch. A unified management system helps the teacher quickly review or print out student performance data. Teachers can determine reading lists and set options that best suit each student's learning style. Choose word-by-word or natural speech narration, select the text highlighting approach and assign tests.
Software is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.7 or higher; accessible with mouse, touch screen, and single or double switch.
Save money on multiple copies of software with the 5-Pack or 20-Pack option. Disk-based software includes a Three Computer License. Available in 1, 5, and 20 packs. For example, a 5 pack can be loaded on 15 computers.