Differentiation Digest for the September Issue

By Kara Corridan
August 27, 2019

Did you know that every lesson in the Storyworks Jr. Teacher’s Guide (except poetry) offers ideas to differentiate instruction for struggling readers and advanced readers in your classroom? Here’s the roundup from the September TG.

 

For Struggling Readers: Read aloud the lower-Lexile version of the article as students follow along. Call on volunteers to describe what is happening in each photo. Have them identify their favorite photo and provide reasons for their choice.

For Advanced Readers: Ask students to write a journal entry in which either Ace or John talks about his feelings after visiting Christian. Students can refer to the photos on page 8 for details to include in their writing. Ask them to read aloud their journal entries in small groups.

For Struggling Readers: Explain that this story is told from Mia’s point of view. Ask them to write a journal entry from Abuela’s point of view about one event, such as Mango’s arrival or learning to speak English with Mia. Have students read their entries.

For Advanced Readers: Have students listen to the audio version of the story while they follow in their magazines. Ask them to pay attention to the dialogue spoken by different characters. Have them take turns reading the dialogue aloud and identifying the speaker.

For Struggling Readers: Read the play aloud while students follow. Ask them to circle the stage directions in parentheses. Which ones describe how a character feels? Have students read aloud with the right expression. Which stage directions describe what a character does? Have students act these out.

For Advanced Readers: Ask students to imagine they are newspaper reporters in 1912 interviewing the survivors of the Titanic after they safely land in New York City. Have them write at least three questions to ask the survivors about their experiences. Students can read aloud their questions in groups and take turns answering them.

For Struggling Readers: Read aloud the lower-Lexile version of the article as students follow along. Call on volunteers to describe what is happening in each photo. Have them identify their favorite photo and provide reasons for their choice.

For Advanced Readers: Ask students to write a journal entry in which either Ace or John talks about his feelings after visiting Christian. Students can refer to the photos on page 8 for details to include in their writing. Ask them to read aloud their journal entries in small groups.

How do you differentiate in your classroom? Let us know at storyworksjr@scholastic.com.

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