Differentiation Across the Curriculum With an Emphasis on Reading Strategies
Tips and Strategies for TeachingInterdisciplinary Units That Will ActivelyEngage Middle School Students
Along with the adoption of the new CommonCore Standards, comes the need for more cross-curricular literacy activities. Students need tofeel a connection and a purpose for all of thedifferent disciplines. However, any given class,on any given day, will have a wide range of abilitylevels and each one of those students deserve arigorous curriculum that is meaningful andtailored to fit their needs.
Does: Does Not: Consider each student’s Expect every student to strengths and weaknesses. perform at the same level. Use formative and Give every student the summative assessments in same assignment with designing lessons every lesson. Connect the different Segregate the different subjects together as much subject areas. as possible Always do heterogeneous Provide a rigorous grouping where the higher curriculum with each unit students serve as a tutor. of study.
Using EBSCO articles that are already lexiled that pertain to your different topics of study. Utilizing researched-based programs like Teen Biz to incorporate non-fiction, informational text into your topics of study. Select historical fiction topics that have novels at a wide range of lexile levels.
Vocabulary Stations Primary Document Interpretation Stations Math Stations Assessment stations (TeenBiz 3000, USA test prep, etc) Technology Stations (iPads, web quests, movie making, etc.) Experimental Stations
Visual Thesaurus or Graph Words.com (free) Wordle Create Crossword puzzle using vocabulary terms and definitions. Flow chart with pictures Bubble map Representations Interactive Word Wall Vocabulary Work Mats with pictures, synonyms, antonyms, etc.
TeenBiz 3000 lexiled based articles and activities EBSCO (lexiled based articles that may be selected according to interest or theme) Graphic Organizers Thought Questions Illustrations with brief explanations Multiple Choice Comprehension Questions that can be either computer-based and or teacher generated. Student created mini-lessons based on readings
Battle Hymn of the Republic Letters from slaves Gettysburg address US Constitution