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Lots of books claim to make differentiated instruction possible in any classroom. Do-able Differentiation makes it practical for your classroom. And helps you meet the needs of your students. Instead of time-consuming jargon, Do-able Differentiation spells out teaching strategies that support the biggest classes, work with the busiest curriculums, and bring the best out in all students.

Do-able Differentiation puts proven thinking and practices for differentiation into your hands. Michael Opitz and Michael Ford (Reaching Readers and Books & Beyond) present four foundational models for reaching all readers. You'll quickly discover you can do differentiation as you learn to:

  • pinpoint differences among readers and match them to the best differentiation strategies
  • plan effectively to address a variety of learner characteristics
  • support students in understanding a shared text
  • manage small achievement-based groups as readers read appropriate texts
  • group students around multiple texts of varying lengths
  • assist individuals as they each read a self-selected text.

And Opitz and Ford really do make differentiation do-able. For each model they include diagrams, key features, sample lessons, and suggested texts, as well as ideas for preparing lessons, reading and responding, extending instruction, and more. In short, the essentials you'll need for success - and even a strong framework to adapt for RTI.

Trust the book that makes differentiation easy to understand and easy to do. Read Do-able Differentiation. You'll get the most effective, research-based, and classroom-tested ways to use differentiated instruction to help all your readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325012834
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 936,904
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, Michael Opitz (@MichaelOpitz4) is professor emeritus education of reading at the University of Northern Colorado where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses and supervised doctoral dissertations. He is now a literacy consultant and author well known to individual teachers, instructional leaders, and researchers as the author of numerous professional and curricular resources and through his extensive work in schools nationwide. TEACHER PROFESSIONAL BOOKS Titles with Heinemann - Accessible Assessment: How 9 Sensible Techniques Can Power Data-Driven Reading Instruction (2011) - Classroom Catalysts: 15 Efficient Practices That Accelerate Readers' Learning (2014) - Comprehension and English Language Learners: 25 Oral Reading Strategies That Cross Proficiency Levels (2009) - Do-able Differentiation: Varying Texts, Supports and Groups to Reach Readers (2008) - Good-bye Round Robin (1998/2008) - Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers (2006) - Listen Hear! 25 Ways to Enhance Listening Comprehension (2005) - Reaching Readers: Flexible and Innovative Strategies for Guided Reading (2001) - Rhymes and Reasons: Literature and Language Play for Phonological Awareness (2000) - Reading Diagnosis and Improvement: Assessment and Instruction, 6th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2011) - Literacy Lessons to Help Kids Get Fit and Healthy (Scholastic, 2010) - Don't Speed. Read! 12 Steps for Smart and Sensible Fluency Instruction (Scholastic, 2007) - Flexible Grouping in Reading (Scholastic, 1998) - Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (IRA, 1998) - Getting the Most from Predictable Books (Scholastic, 1995) - Learning Centers: Getting Them Started, Keeping Them Going (Scholastic, 1994) CORE, SUPPLEMENTAL, AND RTI PROGRAMS - Pair-It Extreme (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), a supplemental reading program aimed at engaging boys with reading - Literacy by Design (Rigby, 2008), a supplemental literacy and RtI program - Intervention by Design (Rigby, 2009), an intervention program tailored to children who need additional help with reading - Summer Success Reading (Great Source, 2007), a reading program designed to help children who need additional help with reading - Afterschool Achiever's Reading Club (Great Source, 2003) - Daybooks, Grades 3 - 5 (Great Source, 2008, contributing author) ARTICLES Mike is the author of more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as: - The Reading Teacher - Literacy Research and Instruction - Reading Horizons AWARDS AND HONORS Mike has received more than 15 awards for his teaching, scholarship, and service to professional organizations, including the Fannie Stabenow Award from the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. LEADERSHIP ROLES - Editorial Boards of The Reading Teacher and Reading Horizons - Former Chair of IRA's Teacher Educator Award Committee - Numerous committees in CCIRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Michael Opitz provides on- and off-site professional development through Heinemann Professional Development.

Michael Ford is a professor of reading in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has been involved with literacy education for more than 30 years as a first-grade and Title I teacher as well as a researcher and teacher-educator. His work with the international school associations has taken him to Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. Teacher Professional Books with Heinemann - Classroom Catalysts: 15 Efficient Practices That Accelerate Readers' Learning (2014) - Do-able Differentiation: Varying Texts, Supports and Groups to Reach Readers (2008) - Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers (2006) - Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone? How to Soar with Flexible Grouping (2002) - Reaching Readers: Flexible and Innovative Strategies for Guided Reading (2001) Core, Supplemental, and RTI Programs - LEAD 21 (McGraw Hill-Wright Group, 2010, senior author) Articles Mike is the author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as: - The Reading Teacher - Childhood Education - Language Arts - Reading Research and Instruction Leadership Roles - Chair of the International Reading Association's Children's and Young Adult Book Awards Committee - Former President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) - Current WSRA Advocacy Chair - Current President of the Wisconsin Professors of Reading - Host of the series Behind the Lesson - a teacher PD companion to the award-winning Wisconsin Public Television children's series Into the Book Awards and Honors - The McGraw Hill Seeing the Learner in Every Child Award - WSRA's Celebrate Literacy Award - WSRA's Outstanding Service Award Professional Development Michael Ford provides on- and off-site professional development through Heinemann Professional Development Services. Visit for more information.

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding How Readers Differ and Teachers Matter 1

2 Grouping Structures Overview 23

3 Model 1: Grouping Without Tracking 31

4 Model 2: Jigsawing 51

5 Model 3: Connected Literature Circles 69

6 Model 4: Focused Readers' Workshop 93

7 Yeah ... But ... What About These Questions? 112

App. A Bibliography of Professional Resources 129

App. B Blank Lesson Plan Forms 135

Children's Literature Cited 140

References 141

Index 144

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