SPE358 GCU Students with Physical & Health Impairments & ELA Strategies Paper

Write a 1,250-1,500-word essay that encompass the three parts listed below.

Part 1: Research-Based Evaluation of Accommodations and/or Modifications

Identify a minimum of 8-10 math and 8-10 ELA accommodations and/or modifications to assist students with physical and/or health impairments. Describe each accommodation or modification in detail and evaluate each according to research findings from a minimum of five references.

Part 2: Accommodations/or Modifications Implementation

Address the following questions regarding the implementation of your identified accommodations and/or modifications within your essay:

  1. What accommodations/modifications would you implement? Explain.
  2. What elements of the accommodations/modifications would be most effective? What aspects of the accommodations/modifications would be difficult to facilitate? Would it negatively affect the overall success of the lesson? How so?
  3. After consulting with your mentor teacher, how does he or she interpret how the level of student engagement and motivation during the implementation of the accommodations/modifications chosen would go? How would you suggest each accommodation or modification be modified to
    heighten its effectiveness?
  4. Defend your use of, or your rejection of, each accommodation/modification within this section of the essay, taking your mentor teacher’s feedback into consideration.

Part 3: IEP Analysis

Discuss and analyze one student’s IEP with your mentor teacher and address the questions listed below. Be sure to follow confidentiality guidelines within this section of your essay.

  1. Which accommodations/modifications are listed in the IEP that would be effective to use with this student?
  2. Which accommodations/modifications are listed in the IEP that would not be effective to use with this student?
  3. Are there any modifications/accommodations that are not considered or discussed in the IEP that would be effective to use with this student? Explain.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

Apply Rubrics

Benchmark – Characteristics of Students with Physical and Health Impairments and Math and ELA Strategies to Teach Individuals with PHI


Less than Satisfactory




85.0 %Content

45.0 % Educational Implications for Students with Physical and Health Impairments InTASC 4 CEC 3

One to two accommodations and/or modifications are identified, but not described.

Three to four accommodations and/or modifications are identified, but not described. Less than five references are cited.

Five accommodations and/or modifications are described in full. Evaluations of the accommodations/modifications are cited with five references.

Six to seven accommodations and/or modifications are completely described. Essay clearly describes and evaluates the accommodations/ modifications. Six to seven references are cited. An attempt at suggesting alternative accommodations/ modifications is made.

Eight to ten accommodations and/or modifications are skillfully described. Essay thoroughly and accurately describes and evaluates the accommodations/modifications. Seven or more references are cited. Creative suggestions for alternative accommodations/ modifications are proposed.

40.0 % Self-Evaluation of Accommodations/ Modifications Implementation InTASC 8 CEC 2

Fails to self-evaluate required implementation plan. A rationale to use or reject each accommodation/modification is not stated.

Essay section notes minimal accommodations/ modifications, but does not sufficiently address the ease of their implementation, effectiveness, and impact on lesson. A rationale to use or reject each accommodation/ modification is not stated.

Essay section describes a minimum of 3 accommodations/ modifications and addresses the ease of their implementation, effectiveness, impact on lesson, and student engagement /motivation. A rationale to use or reject each accommodation/ modification is stated.

The rationale to use or reject each accommodation/ modification is relevant and focused.

Student’s insights during the implementation process are significant and credible.

10.0 %Organization and Effectiveness

5.0 % Essay Structure, Paragraph Development, and Transitions

Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed.

Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident.

Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationships to each other.

A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are used as appropriate to purpose, discipline, and scope.

There is a sophisticated construction of the essay. Ideas universally progress and relate to each other. The writer has been careful to use paragraph and transition construction to guide the reader.

10.0 %Organization and Effectiveness

5.0 % Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar)

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning.

Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader.

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader.

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present.

Writer is clearly in control of standard, written American English.

5.0 %Format

5.0 % APA Format and Style Requirements

APA format and style are not evident.

Title page is present, though missing APA elements; in-text citations, where necessary, are used though formatted inaccurately, but not referenced.

All key elements of an APA title page are present; an abstract is present and formatted correctly; in-text citations and a reference section are present with few format errors. Mechanics of writing are reflective of APA style.

Plan elements are theoretically supported with accurate citations and references.

A broad understanding of APA format and style is evident in use of level headings and lists, for example.

100 % Total Weightage

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