How can teachers create a differentiated instruction lesson plan on why the US entered WWI?

Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan on Why the US Entered WWI

The US entered WWI for a number of reasons including unrestricted submarine warfare, the Zimmerman Telegram, and the 1st Russian Revolution. When teaching a lesson on why the US entered WWI teachers need to differentiate instruction.

Teachers can teach vocabulary before the lesson and differentiate instruction by having students draw a picture to bring in the spatial learning style or create a mnemonic that would bring in the linguistic learning style.

During the mini-lesson teachers can differentiate instruction by bringing in pictures and media. This allows students with the spatial learning style to feel more connected to the material. Another way to differentiate instruction for a mini-lesson is to create two different versions of a PowerPoint. Create one version that focuses on the standards that students are required to learn and create the other as an enriched version. This differentiated instruction strategy is easily done if their is a co-teacher in the room.

In order to differentiate instruction in the work sessions, a teacher can offer choices to students that are based on different multiple intelligence learning styles. They can offer these multiple intelligence learning style activities: persuasive speech, talk show skit, propaganda poster. The persuasive speech brings in the following multiple intelligence learning styles: linguistic learning style, logical learning style, interpersonal learning style or intrapersonal learning style. The talk show brings in these following multiple intelligence learning styles: interpersonal learning style, linguistic learning style and kinesthetic learning style. The last option is the propaganda poster activity which bring in the linguistic learning style, intrapersonal learning style or interpersonal learning style, and the spatial learning style. You may have noticed that some of the prior noted activities have both intrapersonal and interpersonal learning styles attached. That is because they may be able to be done individually, in a partnership or in a group. Allowing a student to not only choose their activity but also choose how they do an activity will help them feel more ownership in their education. If the teacher offers all three of these options they will have successfully differentiated instruction using multiple intelligence learning styles. offers this complete differentiated instruction lesson plan as well as many others. 

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Kasha Mastrodomenico

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