Differentiation is NOT Easy - but TRESmart™ is!


Standards based Middle School ELA Reading Lessons with BUILT-IN Differentiation!  #teaching #activities #commoncore #readytouse


As a teacher, I know my job is to differentiate for all the various learner needs in my classroom.  And I've spent a lot of time researching how to best meet these needs.  During that time, I've found a lot of lists, ideas, and strategies.  That's all good stuff but it still takes LOADS of TIME to implement them!  (Never mind how long it took to just find all this information.)  
That's the Trouble with Differentiation.

But there's more to know about differentiation.  When I dug into the research, I found that if lessons were designed to meet the needs of the learners from the very start, then following a pattern of teach-reteach-enrich would make differentiation a much more streamlined process.  While that gives teachers a better plan to follow, it still leaves plenty to do with creating the reteaching and enriching activities (and never mind the hundred other responsibilities a teacher has in a day).

That's why I say "Differentiation is NOT easy!"

But what if the work had already been done for you?
What if there were lessons tailored to the standards with differentiation already built in?  

The kind of differentiation that has options for content (teaching), process (practice) and product (reteaching and enrichment) which will lead to an optimum learning environment for students?

Sounds like a dream, right?
Good news - it's not!!

  I sat down and put my best work from the past 24 years of teaching Language Arts into this very format.

I call it TRESmart - *Teach*Reteach*Enrich - which is a 'Smart' way to teach because it helps to reach all learners!

The first TRESmart unit that is now available is Theme and Central Idea.  
It is aligned to R.CCR.2:  Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

This unit includes:
-a teacher script for day by day plans
-editable lesson plans that could be submitted to an administrator
-unit introduction
-unit vocabulary with worksheet and word wall cards
-embedded videos (no links!)
-PowerPoints
-differentiated content with Pixanotes® (downloadable)
-practice with task cards (downloadable)
-additional practice
-quizzes (downloadable)
-menus for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) (downloadable)
-menus for enrichment (downloadable)
-A Final Assessment (downloadable)
-Answer Keys

All the work is done!  Just make the copies & teach!

And you can try the Theme part of the unit for FREE!  Just click below and try it out for yourself on Thinkific!
(When you click through it may look like you are ordering the unit, but you will not be asked for credit card information.  It looks like this because I'm technically giving you access to a paid course (unit).  It's just that the first half is free!)



OR you could also check out the Theme Unit (for free) and the Central Idea Unit (paid) on Teachers Pay Teachers:


Standards-based Middle School ELA Theme Mini-Unit with BUILT-IN differentiation for content, process, and product using the teach-reteach-enrich format! #teaching #languagearts #commoncorereading #theme #lessonplans




Standards-based Middle School ELA Central Idea Mini-Unit with BUILT-IN differentiation for content, process, and product using the research-based teach-reteach-enrich format!  #lessonplans #teaching #commoncorereading #languagearts #centralidea

In this resource, you'll find:

★ A video of me reading "The Important Book" to use an introduction to the unit.
★ Editable lesson plans
★ Day by day Teacher Script
★ Vocabulary Worksheets with Word Wall Cards for these words: inference, drawn, theme, central idea, cite, evidence, objective, summary, text, textual analysis, determine, explicitly, several, and development.
★ Central Idea PowerPoint with an original text and that tells students how to find the central idea and supporting details in 4 easy steps! 
★Pixanotes that match the PowerPoint and come in 4 versions os you can differentiate the content.
★ Task cards to practice the skills with directions for 3 ways to choose to use them so you can differentiate the process.
★ A Central Idea Quiz
★ Teacher page for reteaching and enriching options so you can differentiate the product.
★ Student pages for reteaching (labeled as enhancement) and enriching
★ Reteaching video (Quick Review of Central Idea)
★ A Final Assessment for Theme and Central idea (the TRESmart™ Theme unit is FREE - see above!)
★ Answer keys

All of these same items can be found on the TRESmart Thinkific platform too.  The difference is that all of these items are laid out in order for you making it easier for you when planning and when presenting to your students.  

Either way you go, (Teachers Pay Teachers or Thinkific) you'll be ready to reach ALL learners!

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