Synopses & Reviews
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher is a practical resource for teaching standards-based curricula in inclusive middle school classrooms. The book contains a wealth of lessons that can be modified to reach students with different learning needs and includes proven techniques designed to engage all the students in the classroom. A range of language arts topics are presented, such as decoding, vocabulary, blocking, using graphic organizers, mnemonics, literary elements, writing as a process, doing research, and much more.
Each lesson includes:
Instructions for presenting the lesson to the whole class
Worksheets designed to help review and reinforce the concepts presented in each lesson
A section on how to adapt the lesson for theinclusive classroom
A home-school connection with family-based everyday language activities
Suggestions for assessing students' grasp of the concepts presented in the lesson
Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher is an essential resource for teachers in inclusive classrooms who are seeking new ways to reach their students.
Praise for Differentiated Instruction for theMiddle School Language Arts Teacher
"The authors of Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher understand that the starting point for effective teaching is not where the book starts or where the last teacher left off, but where the students are. This book provides the teacher with engaging strategies to support diverse learners in the classroom. The approaches can be adapted and applied across the curriculum and give the teacher a valuable toolbox to meet different needs and learning styles. The simple, easy-to-understand explanations give great insights into the how's and why's of making accommodations—plus the techniques can fit into any school budget!"
—Rosemarie Armstrong, World Language Coordinator, Monroe Township, New Jersey
"The activities in Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher are designed to connect with the common experience of children and honor equal status among all students. Varying needs are carefully accommodated through the clear directions, pre-teaching, templates aligned with expectations, and sentence prompts for the less secure writers. Advance d learners are offered challenges, and opportunities to involve parents are provided. This book will be a distinct asset to teachers looking for examples of best practice."
—Edmund Gross, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Carmel Unified School District, California
"What a great resource for the special needs population! Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher includes valuable, motivating, and most of all practical lessons for your learning disabled students—all in one easy to use manual."
—Deborah Rotio, M.Ed., Special Education Department leader, Garfield Middle School, New Jersey
An essential resource for teachers in inclusive classrooms
This valuable sourcebook offers teachers key strategies on how to design and deliver effective instruction, measure success, and get students to work together. Covering topics such as decoding, vocabulary, blocking, using graphic organizers, mnemonics, literary elements, writing as a process, and doing research, it features dozens of ready-to-use language arts activities that are tied to core curriculum standards, and each activity has adaptations for students with different learning needs.
About the Author
M.A., L.D.T.C., is a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in the Garfield School District in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience as a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in both public and private schools, and also has a private practice as a learning disabilities specialist.
Kate Gallaway has over 15 years of teaching experience and has worked with districts and teachers nationwide on differentiated instruction.
Joan and Kate are also the co-authors of Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher.
Table of Contents
About This Book.
About the Authors.
Part One: Being Successful in the Inclusive Classroom.
Chapter 1: Collaborating Effectively.
Collaborating for Intervention.
Collaborating with the Child Study Team.
Collaborating with Parents and Families.
Tips for Talking with Parents.
Chapter 2: Preparing for Differentiated Learning.
Working with Core Curriculum Standard.
Assessing Learning Styles.
Multiple Intelligences and Learning Strengths.
Planning for Students with Special Needs.
Chapter 3: Effective Teaching Strategies for Differentiating Instruction.
The Effective Inclusive Classroom.
Part Two: Language Arts Activities for the Inclusive Middle School Classroom.
Chapter 4: Written Language Conventions.
Activity 1: Identifying Nouns.
Activity 2: Identifying Action Verbs.
Activity 3: Auxiliary and Being Verbs.
Activity 4: Identifying and Using Modifiers.
Activity 5: Sentence Mechanics.
Chapter 5: Writing as a Process.
Activity 1: Steps to EffectiveWriting.
Activity 2: Writing a Personal Narrative.
Activity 3: Writing Clear Instructions.
Activity 4: Writing an Essay Comparing and Contrasting Events.
Activity 5: Writing a Descriptive Essay.
Activity 6: Writing an Argumentative Essay.
Activity 7: Writing in the First, Second, and Third Person.
Activity 8: Writing a Research Paper.
Chapter 6: Reading Skill.
Activity 1: Vocabulary Building.
Activity 2: Spelling.
Activity 3: Oral Reading Fluency.
Chapter 7: Reading Comprehension.
Activity 1: Interpreting Textbooks.
Activity 2: Interpreting Context Clues.
Activity 3: Sequencing and Finding the Main Idea.
Activity 4: Comparing and Contrasting.
Activity 5: Predicting Outcomes.
Activity 6: Cause-and-Effect Relationships.
Activity 7: Reading andWriting Poetry.
Activity 8: Literary Elements.
Activity 9: Reading for Meaning.
Chapter 8: Oral Language.
Activity 1: Listening Skills.
Activity 2: Oral Presentations.
How This Book Maps to Education Standards.