Tiered Literature Lessons

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The tiering strategy differentiates curriculum in the mixed-ability classroom, challenging students by manipulating the content, process, or product depending upon the students’ learning style preferences and readiness/ability levels.

Tiered Literature Lessons differentiates activities by tiering the process relative to the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The activities can be used with small, flexible groups, by individuals, or placed in learning centers as anchoring or enrichment activities.

Contents include:

* Each activity focuses on these skills correlated to Language Arts Standards:
*Demonstrate fluent oral reading/comprehension
*Acquire vocabulary through context clues/explanations
*Develop strategies to analyze/evaluate/interpret texts
*Communicate information
*Describe elements of literature through genres
*Apply writing skills for different purposes/audiences

Assessment checklists and a writing rubric.

6 genres – Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Survival, Fantasy, and Dynamic Duos

18 outstanding novels studies, including Newbery Winners, are presented with differentiated tiered activities. Books include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Shiloh, Squirrels in the School, Cam Jensen – Triceratops Pops, Mystery of the Phantom Ship, The Westing Game, Smugglers Island, Because of Winn – Dixie, Jackie’s Wild Seattle, Bud, not Buddy, Hatchet, A Week in the Woods, The BFG, Tuck Everlasting, The Giver, The Wright Brothers, In Their Own Words: Harriet Tubman, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Graphic organizers to use with other classroom literature and in other content areas.

Sample Pages

1 review for Tiered Literature Lessons

  1. Karen M. Fitzgerald

    This book is for classroom teachers in grades three through eight who are overwhelmed trying to serve the varied ability and achievement levels in their language arts classrooms.
    The tiered literature lessons provide appropriate differentiated instruction allowing students to learn, to be assessed, and to succeed at their ability levels. And it can be implemented immediately!
    Teachers develop tiering by manipulating content, process, product, strategies, and assessments. This book shows how to differentiate instruction so students have opportunities to work independently and be appropriately challenged.
    Six literature genres are used for the tiering process: fiction, mystery, adventure, survival, fantasy, and heroes/heroines. The strategies… see the rest of the review here: http://www.txgifted.org/files/tempo/2010-1.pdf (page 30)
    Reviewed by Karen M. Fitzgerald, TAGT Past President and Editorial Board member in the Winter 2010 "TEMPO".

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