1st Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom Language Arts (Grades 6-8)

By Laurie E. Westphal Copyright 2013
    172 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts for grades 6-8 offers teachers who have multiple ability levels in one classroom everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. For each topic covered, there are two menus that look similar but contain differentiated content: one menu for students working on grade level and the other for students working below grade level. Using the creative, challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe menus, List menus, 2-5-8 menus, and Game Show menus, students will demonstrate their knowledge with unique, exciting products. Also included are specific guidelines for products, assessment rubrics, and teacher introduction pages for each menu. These menus can also be used in conjunction with the Differentiating Instruction With Menus series (for students working above grade level) for three tiers of complementary menus.

    Grades 6-8

    Author’s Note Chapter 1: Choice in the Inclusive Middle School Classroom Chapter 2: How to Use Menus in the Inclusive Classroom Chapter 3: Guidelines for Products Chapter 4: Rubrics The Menus How to Use the Menu Pages Chapter 5: Genres Author Study Biographies Nonfiction Fiction Novel Study Fantasy Graphic Novels Historical Fiction Mystery and Suspense Mythology Plays Poetry Science Fiction Chapter 6: Writing and Mechanics Parts of Speech Vocabulary Skills Reference Materials Research Skills Self-Editing and Peer Editing Author’s Purpose Identifying Bias Resources References About the Author Common Core State Standards Alignment


    After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie E. Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on differentiation for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students.