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How can I differentiate instruction for a writing activity?

Differentiated instruction has to do with the use of the same content but in different ways or levels in order to engage and interest all students in the classroom at the same time.

Whether the purpose of the writing activity is to use the content or to learn the writing process, a leveled writing system can be useful. Each writing level has a milestone that needs to be met before the student can move on to the next step. It is systematic, and from my personal experience effective, for students learning either the content or the writing process itself. A great website to check out for an expository leveled writing system is http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Expository-Writing-System-867302. It has a leveled writing system that begins with writing a topic sentence and ends with a DBQ essay. There are 7 levels in the leveled writing system. It is a very fast way to differentiate instruction by ability. It takes less than 5 minutes to create the writing assignment.

Teachers can also differentiate instruction for writing assignments by providing questions that involve different multiple intelligence learning styles yet are still based on the content. Differentiated instruction by providing questions that interest the students or that they can relate to might help their creative juices flow.

Differentiated instruction is definitely possible for writing activities. Whether you use a leveled writing system, an interactive writing system or provide question options based on the different multiple intelligence learning styles, differentiated instruction has the potential to improve student writing and increase their interest.

 

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What are academic interventions for the SST process?

 

SST academic interventions are a big part of the SST process. SST academic interventions are strategies teachers can try to help the student become successful. SST academic interventions must be able to be measured. SST academic interventions also must have a goal or in some cases several goals set. The use of the academic interventions must be documented and brought to each SST meeting to be discussed by the student support team.

If the student is having trouble with the expository writing process, have them try an expository leveled writing system. Each level of a leveled writing system can be an SST academic intervention and goal. For example if a student can’t write in paragraph form, have the start with a topic sentence. Once they can do that, have them move to the next level of leveled writing system which would be the first fact in sentence form. The progress or lack of progress for an SST academic intervention should be reported on monthly at the SST meetings. Proof needs to be brought to be evaluated by the student support team. If the leveled writing system is working and the student is making progress, then continue the short term goals of the leveled writing system until the long term goal of writing a paragraph has been accomplished.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Expository-Writing-System-867302 offers a leveled writing system and that can be used as an academic intervention and accommodation during the SST process. 

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Why should you teach students to use an outline for expository writing?

Expository Writing Outline

Outlines are extremely helpful to students to organize their thoughts and ideas for expository writing. Students with a logical learning style will appreciate the use of an outline because it is systematic, which is something that they value. Students with a spatial learning style will also appreciate the use of an expository writing outline because they will be able to see their content in the expository writing in a different way. This can also help students diagnosed with ADHD because the outline will prompt them and refocus their efforts much more quickly. Students with learning disabilities may get overwhelmed by the task of writing an expository essay or a DBQ essay. An expository writing outline can be separated into paragraph sections, making writing a much more reasonable task.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Expository-Writing-System-867302 includes an expository writing outline in its leveled writing system

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What is a DBQ essay?

Primary Source for an Expository DBQ Essay

A DBQ essay or a data based question essay is a form of expository writingDBQ‘s are commonly seen in social studies. It depends on the state stardards when or even if this form of expository writing will be introduced to the student. In NY, students are required to write a DBQ as young as fifth grade. That means they might be introduced to it as young as fourth grade. In GA, it is only introduced if the students take an AP, advanced placement, class or is in the gifted program, but even the latter is up to the personal preference of the teacher.

Data Based Question Essays use documents to reinforce the point the expository writer is making. The documents are usually primary sources however secondary sources can also be used. The documents are cited by the writer of the expository DBQ essay.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leveled-Expository-Writing-System-867302 offers an outline included in it’s expository leveled writing system that can help organize students.

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Kasha Mastrodomenico

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