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Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-9


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List of Figures Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. Differentiated Instruction and Strategies Differentiated Instruction Definition: Content, Process, Product Student Characteristics: Readiness, Interest, Learning Profile Differentiated Strategy Suggestions 2. Differentiated Lesson Design Overview of Lesson Components Comprehensive Differentiated Lesson Samples 3. Standards, Concepts, and Guiding Questions How Do Teachers Develop Unit and Lesson Guiding Questions How Do Teachers Use Guiding Questions in the Classroom? 4. Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom Types of Assessments Assessment Examples 5. Additional Lesson-Planning Components for Differentiated Curriculum Resources Timing Skills and Activities Student Grouping Teaching Strategies Extensions 6. Closing References and Further Reading Index

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Consulting Description Kathy Glass is a former teacher who consults and presents nationally with K-12 teachers and administrators at schools, districts, conferences, and county offices of education. She offers a blend of professional development (PD) topics to target audiences in areas affecting curriculum and instruction. To deliver customized PD, she assists educators with strategic planning to determine objectives. Then she tailors PD based on requested topics such as, but not limited to: * highlights of the ELA Common Core Standards * implementation of the ELA Common Core or other standards-based curriculum using a backward design approach * essential understandings and guiding questions to frame curriculum and instruction * differentiated tools and instructional strategies * pre-, formative, summative, and self-assessments * alignment of six-traits writing instruction and assessment to curriculum goals * unit and yearlong curriculum maps * text-dependent questions to facilitate close reading, and more. To help educators directly translate what she presents into effective classroom practice that impacts students, Kathy can provide a variety of PD opportunities (e.g., presentations, lesson demonstrations and modeling, coaching, collaborative unit design, etc.). She is the author of six books: Mapping Comprehensive Units to the English Language (ELA) Arts Common Core Standards, 6-12 (May, 2013); Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K-5 ( (c) 2012); Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-9 ( (c)2009); Staff Development Guide for the Parallel Curriculum ( (c)2009); Curriculum Mapping: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Curriculum Year Overviews ( (c)2007); and Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction: Creating Standards-Based Lesson Plans and Rubrics ( (c)2005). In addition, Glass has served as a reader and reviewer for Reader's Handbook: A Student Guide for Reading and Learning (2002, Great Source Education Group) and as a contributing writer and consultant for the Heath Middle Level Literature series (1995, DC Heath and Co). Website:; email:


"Glass examines the constructs of masterful teaching and makes them accessible to all by identifying, defining, and exploring the premises, concepts, and skills necessary to engage all learners. Her intensely practical and forthright approach allows readers to immediately translate the concepts of differentiation into their classrooms." -- Modell Marlow Andersen, Director of Educational Services
"By using this book as a guide, any teacher can create lessons and classroom learning settings that can meet the needs of the students in all subject areas. The book provides helpful background information; offers a wide variety of examples of differentiated lessons, resource guides, reproducible templates; and includes a selection of grading tools ranging from rubrics to graphic organizers." -- Allan Varni, Instructor and Regional Coordinator

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