1st Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom Social Studies (Grades 6-8)

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

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Social Studies 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: Geography Current Events Using Maps My Country in Depth United States Geography Chapter 6: Government Economics Citizenship Immigration Our Government Our Country’s Presidents Civil and Equal Rights Historical Documents My Amendment in Depth Chapter 7: U.S. History Explorers The Mayflower Compact The Revolutionary War The War of 1812 Manifest Destiny The Mexican-American War The Civil War Our State’s History 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.