Pronoun Heroes is an engaging way to teach inspiring superheroes the use of pronouns. Created by certified speech-language pathologists and developed by Smarty Ears Apps, Pronoun Heroes teaches and reinforces the use of pronouns in multiple ways. The comic superhero theme is sure to delight players of all ages, while the skills targeted and the data compilation delights the busy SLP.
A multi-level, multi-player app, Pronoun Heroes consists of four (4) activities to teach and reinforce pronoun usage. Pronoun Heroes targets multiple types of pronouns (e.g., personal subjective, personal objective, demonstrative, possessives, and reflexive) and includes 19 different pronouns. Two of the four activities allow the adult to customize targeted pronouns to tailor the therapy session specifically for the clientele.
How to Use
When playing Pronoun Heroes, the active player is shown at the top of the screen. If there are multiple players, the active player changes with each screen change. Along with the avatar picture, a row of icons will be displayed as a visual representation of that player’s correct answers. When the activity is completed, a tap on the “done” button, brings the app back to the activity page.
There are four different areas in Pronoun Heroes.
• Where is the Pronoun:
In this section, the user can select either words or phrases. In words, the user is shown four superheroes each holding a sign. The player chooses the sign with the pronoun. In the phrases activity, the user is given a segmented sentence and asked to tap on the word that is the pronoun.
• Which one is not a Pronoun?
In this section, the user is shown the four superheroes each holding a sign. The player is to choose the sign that does NOT have a pronoun. This allows the individual to have discussions on negation and other language elements.
• Find the Picture
In this customizable section, the user is shown a pronoun and two pictures. The player is to tap on the picture that best depicts the pronoun. This section is customizable by tapping on the settings button to choose the pronouns to target. Customizing allows the individual to tailor the lesson by selecting one or more than one app to be worked on during that session.
• Let’s use Pronouns!
In this customizable section, the user is shown a picture of a real-life event and given a sentence. One of the words in the sentence is missing, and the player must drag-and-drop the correct pronoun into the space.
Pronoun Heroes allows individuals to select one, or more than one, pronoun to be targeted in two of its four activities. By tailoring the targeted pronouns, the app can easily move between teaching individual pronouns to progress monitoring overall learning.
Common Core State Standards
Correct pronoun usage is a requirement of the Common Core State Standards required in most states. By grade 1, students are expected to know and use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.D)3. By grade two, students are expected to be able to use reflexive pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.C)4. By grade three, students are to be able to ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement, as well as know and use possessive pronouns (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.F and CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.3.2.D) 5. Pronoun Heroes is a great way to address those Common Core State Standards.
Pronoun Heroes includes the following features:
• Single or Multi-player platform
• High-quality photos showing real-life scenes for easy carryover of skills
• Fun comic book superhero theme to ensure engagement
• Ability to use the app for screening or teaching
• Data Collection over time for each student
• Compatibility with Therapy Report Center for easy report writing and progress monitoring
We have update to iOS 12 and continued to enhance the app!
Ratings and Reviews
I just bought this app today after eyeing it for a bit. It seems like it will be really helpful and easy to use. However, whenever I try to open up one of the guides sections, the app closes up. This is frustrating as these sections were one of the reasons I bought the app in the first place. I'd like to know if this could be fixed somehow.
Bad app and even worse customer service
I brought the issue to the developers attention via email (since pronoun heroes wasn’t even an option on their drop down list for trouble shooting) IN NOVEMBER OF 2018. I bought this specifically to use the fill in the blank practice but the correct answer is not an option half the time. I took a screen shot and sent them information. They replied, but they told me to look at the tutorial and that it was a user error (no it wasn’t) but they would also have a developer look into it for the next update (update never happened). After trying to appease them and looking at the tutorial again-I sent another email in December. And got no response. Then AGAIN in April of 2019 and again. No response. Not having the correct answer choice caused physically aggressive behaviors on multiple occasions and nobody even gave me my money back. VERY UPSET about my experience. I have bought several smarty ears apps but I don’t think I will be able to in the future.
Love Smarty Ears apps
I recently purchased this app because I have several kids working on pronouns. I am really loving this app so far. It has been easy to use. It targets so many different pronouns but it is easy to select the ones I needed to target for different clients. It also has many activities to target both receptive understanding but also use of the pronouns. Like other Smarty Ears apps, it keeps track of the data for me!! I am excited to use it more!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.