The “Early Attempt to Govern the Newly Independent States” differentiated instruction lesson plan is now on http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico, which specializes in middle school social studies differentiated instruction.
The “Early Attempt to Govern the Newly Independent States” differentiated instruction lesson plan follows the NYS 7th grade social studies curriculum and standards. It contains the following sections:
- Lesson Plan with mini-lesson notes
- 3 Ability Levels of Vocabulary Sheets
- 2 Ability Levels of Note Sheets for the Enriched PowerPoint
- Basic Note Sheet for the Basic PowerPoint
- DBQ Activity Answer Sheet
- DBQ Activity
- Graphic Organizer
- Graphic Organizer Answer Sheet
- Homework Paragraph Writing
To learn more about each section, continue reading below:
I differentiates instruction for vocabulary by using different ability levels and allows for student choice based on the Multiple Intelligence Theory. There are three different ability levels: enriched, average and basic. There are three sections on the vocabulary sheet: vocabulary word, definition and student choice of drawing a picture or writing a sentence to show understanding.
The enriched version allows for more critical thinking by making the student write the definition in their own words. The average version uses slotted definitions that can be filled in by looking at the PowerPoint. The basic version has the full definition of the vocabulary word so that the student has time to read and then think about it before moving on to the sentence/drawing section.
The following vocabulary words are used in the “Early Attempt to Govern the Newly Independent States” differentiated instruction lesson plan:
- Declaration of Independence
- 1st Continental Congress
- 2nd Continental Congress
- Committee of Correspondence
- Declaration of Rights and Grievances
- Olive Branch Petition
- The Preamble
- Unalienable Rights
The differentiated instruction mini-lesson is presented through a PowerPoint. There are two different ability levels of the PowerPoint. The enriched version allows for more critical thinking and the basic version is simplified. The same content is used in each version. This works great when there is a co-teacher in the room and parallel teaching takes place. If you don’t have a co-teacher, don’t worry. You can choose which version will work best for your students and still differentiate it. There are two versions of note sheets for each PowerPoint. The basic version uses slotted notes and the enriched version of the note sheets allows the students to write the notes in their own words. Using slotted notes for students with a lower ability level provides time for students to partner review the content of each slide. Repetition is very important for the retention of content.
The Data Based Question activity uses mixed ability level groups of four. This activity goes on throughout the presentation of the mini-lesson. It covers the following documents:
- Document 1: “Join, or Die.” Cartoon by Benjamin Franklin, 1754
- Document 2: “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” by Patrick Henry; March 23, 1775
- Document 3: “Declaration of Rights and Grievances” October 14, 1774
- Document 4: Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms July 6, 1775
- Document 5: Olive Branch Petition July 5, 1775
- Document 6: “Declaration of Independence” July 4, 1776 2nd Continental Congress
The graphic organizer should be done in mixed ability pairs because it deals with the primary source documents above.
Paragraph Writing Homework
This uses level 6 of the my Leveled Writing System. It has a grading checklist.
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