A Sample Reading Lesson
The problems the teacher faces when teaching differentiated classes (ranging from mixed ability to ELLs) include how to plan lessons that can meet the needs of all the students from getting bored and the lower performing students from feeling that they are lost.
Reading Tasks for Lower Performing Students
1.ELLs extract and list all names of people/places/numbers. Classify them into groups.
2.ELLs work only with a specific paragraph, looking for specific information.
3.Have ELLs underline all the words that they know. Ask them to look up the difficult words. These students become the experts.
4. True/False type questions
Reading Tasks for Middle ELLs
1.ELLs answer questions that relate to general ideas.
2.Multiple choice type questions.
3.True/False questions but ELLs correct the false questions and/or give evidence from the text.
Reading Tasks for Higher Performing ELLs
1.Oral reports on a text.
2.Questions for reading between the lines.
3.Answer detailed questions on the text. Make up questions and swap with partner.
In a differentiated reading lesson, the teacher can adapt the task to two or three different levels, thereby enabling the student to choose the level that s/he can function with.You should first provide students with main input before assigning different tasks.