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Unit Introduction

1. Preassessment

2. Introductory Activities

3. Differentiated Activity #1

4. Large Group Instruction

5. Small group/ individual activities

6. Differentiated Activity #2

7. Final Assessment

8. Chapter Questions


Differentiated Activity #1

As students read each day, a “T journal” is utilized (see  below for an example of a T journal). On the left hand side of the paper, a four to five sentence summary is written telling what they read that particular day.  The right side of the journal is an area to reflect, question or state concerns upon the reading. Each area is worth a total of ten possible points per day and will be recorded.  No one else within the class reads the T journals except the student and instructor.  

This activity aligns with the objectives by reading an autobiography, being reflective readers and sharing their understandings of the novel through a written analysis.

The T journal is not specifically designated as a differentiated tool but easily allows a gifted student to openly express their private and honest viewpoints.   It also gives those students (as well as other learners) who are shy, quiet and do not offer much during whole group discussions to expound their feelings.  The teacher is able to carry on a dialogue with the student through the journal writings.  Thought provoking questions could challenge the gifted learner to ponder, analyze or synthesize their next response. Similar instances from the book may have occurred within their life and may stir emotions that have lain dormant.  Reflecting upon them may be an avenue to release in the journal writing.

T Journal


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