Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom

Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom

by Joan D'Amico, Kate Gallaway


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An essential resource for teachers in inclusive classrooms

This valuable sourcebook offers teachers key strategies on how to design and deliver effective instruction, measure success, and get students to work together. Covering topics such as decoding, vocabulary, blocking, using graphic organizers, mnemonics, literary elements, writing as a process, and doing research, it features dozens of ready-to-use language arts activities that are tied to core curriculum standards, and each activity has adaptations for students with different learning needs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787984663
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Series: Differentiated Instruction for Middle School Teachers Series , #2
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joan D'Amico, M.A., L.D.T.C., is a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in the Garfield School District in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience as a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in both public and private schools, and also has a private practice as a learning disabilities specialist.

Kate Gallaway has over 15 years of teaching experience and has worked with districts and teachers nationwide on differentiated instruction.
Joan and Kate are also the co-authors of Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher.

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Table of Contents

About This Book vii

About the Authors ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xiii

Part One: Being Successful in the Inclusive Classroom

Chapter 1: Collaborating Effectively 3

Collaborating for Intervention 3

Collaborating with the Child Study Team 4

Collaborating with Parents and Families 13

Tips for Talking with Parents 16

Chapter 2: Preparing for Differentiated Learning 17

Working with Core Curriculum Standards 17

Assessing Learning Styles 18

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Strengths 20

Planning for Students with Special Needs 21

Chapter 3: Effective Teaching Strategies for Differentiating Instruction 25

The Effective Inclusive Classroom 26

Measuring Success 28

Part Two: Language Arts Activities for the Inclusive Middle School Classroom

Chapter 4: Written Language Conventions 33

Activity 1: Identifying Nouns 34

Activity 2: Identifying Action Verbs 39

Activity 3: Auxiliary and Being Verbs 42

Activity 4: Identifying and Using Modifiers 47

Activity 5: Sentence Mechanics 52

Chapter 5: Writing as a Process 57

Activity 1: Steps to Effective Writing 58

Activity 2: Writing a Personal Narrative 63

Activity 3: Writing Clear Instructions 68

Activity 4: Writing an Essay Comparing and Contrasting Events 74

Activity 5: Writing a Descriptive Essay 80

Activity 6: Writing an Argumentative Essay 84

Activity 7: Writing in the First, Second, and Third Person 89

Activity 8: Writing a Research Paper 94

Chapter 6: Reading Skills 101

Activity 1: Vocabulary Building 102

Activity 2: Spelling 106

Activity 3: Oral Reading Fluency 111

Chapter 7: Reading Comprehension 117

Activity 1: Interpreting Textbooks 118

Activity 2: Interpreting Context Clues 123

Activity 3: Sequencing and Finding the Main Idea 128

Activity 4: Comparing and Contrasting 132

Activity 5: Predicting Outcomes 136

Activity 6: Cause-and-Effect Relationships 140

Activity 7: Reading and Writing Poetry 145

Activity 8: Literary Elements 149

Activity 9: Reading for Meaning 155

Chapter 8: Oral Language 161

Activity 1: Listening Skills 162

Activity 2: Oral Presentations 165

How This Book Maps to Education Standards 171

Glossary 177

Bibliography 179

Index 181

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