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Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Language Arts (Grades 6-8)


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Author: Laurie E. Westphal
Product Code: 661
ISBN: 978-1-59363-366-0
Pages: 168
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The Differentiating Instruction With Menus series offers teachers exciting tools to challenge and reach both gifted and advanced students in the classroom. Whether these students need enrichment, choice in independent practice, or even additional academic options resulting from curriculum compacting, these books provide teachers a complete ready-to-use resource. Each book includes a rubric that can assess different types of products, free choice proposal forms to encourage independent study, specific guidelines for each of the products included in the menus to save the teacher time, and challenging menus to meet the needs of these diverse higher level learners.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Language Arts (Grades 6–8) contains attractive reproducible menus, based on the levels of Bloom’s revised taxonomy, that students can use as a guide when making decisions about which products they will develop after they study a major concept or unit. Topics addressed include genres, novels, and writing mechanics.

The products included on the menu are carefully selected from various learning styles to build students’ excitement and so that teachers can more accurately assess the depth of what has been learned. Using creative and challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe Menus, List Menus, 2-5-8 Menus, Baseball Menus, and Game Show Menus, students will look forward to sharing their newfound knowledge throughout the year!

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by Kathy Durbin
on 2/5/2012
Differentiating Instruction with Menus Grades 6-8, Language Arts
I highly recommend both this book and the one for social studies.  It is easy to use and the menus are easily adaptable to nearly any lesson.  Our district really began focusing on differentiation last year and Laurie's books have been very helpful with my transition to bringing more differentiation to my own instruction.  I brought the book to a curriculum meeting two weeks ago, and my ELA colleagues were very excited to use some of the ideas in it.  The Title teacher at my grade level (7th) has decided that the Title teams in each of our buildings should have copies of these books to use as a resource in planning differentiation strategies for all of our students' skill levels.  If your goal is to add differentiation into your teaching and lessons, this book is an excellent resource to help you get started.
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