Differentiated Reading and Writing Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction is a practice used by many to make sure students learn. There isn't a single formula for creating a differentiated classroom, but there are key ideas about differentiation that teachers can pay attention to as they plan for student learning. This handout by Carol Tomlinson displays the characteristics of differentiating curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Dare to Differentiate Wiki - GREAT wiki with resouces and links for all aspects of DI, including strategies, examples, and user-friendly techniques.

Teaching Styles Inventory - Use this twelve-item teaching style inventory to self-assess and self-score your teaching style in the areas of concept representation, learning, interaction, and cognitive processing. (Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence. CORD, 2005.)

Learning Styles:
VARK: A guide to Learning Styles:  This guide to learning styles focuses on four areas of learning: visual, aural, read-write, and kinesthetic. It provides a questionnaire to help students determine how they learn best and includes versions for younger people and for athletes.

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Type of Learner website - organized into the learing styles categories of Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic.

Social Studies Central by Glenn Wiebe provides resources for differentiating instruction in social studies classes at socialstudiescentral.com

Internet4Classrooms- This site offers an extensive list of links to DI websites full of resources covering inctructional theory, practical teaching tips, and sample lessons. Be sure to check out the Anchor Strategies listed under Classroom Planning.

Differentiated Instruction resources from teachingwIthpurpose.com - great resources!

Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan Checklist

Strategies that Differentiate Instruction in Grades K-4. This helpful booklet explains the basics of differentiated instruction and offers specific strategies for grades K-4.

Strategies that Differentiate Instruction in Grades 4-12 - This helpful booklet explains the basics of differentiated instruction and offers specific strategies for grades 4-12.

Differentiated Instruction in the English Classroom - This is Chapter 1 of a book by the same name by authors Barbara King-Shaver and Alyce Hunter (Heinemann).

Literature Circle For using Literature Circles as a means of differentiating instruction, these resources may be beneficial: Web Resources, Roles and Templates, Black Line Masters (Packet 1, Packet 2).


R.A.F.T.S. Writing Resources:

R.A.F.T.S. for Writing

Layered Curriculum: Kathie Nunley provides numerous articles on differentiated instruction and sample lesson plans for layered curriculum. Kathie Nunley's Layered Curriculum®: Five simple steps is a great place to start.

Websites for Incorporating DI and Technology: Technology is Helping Students to Adopt Their Own Learning Style - EdTechReview™ (ETR) 

This is a great place to pick up all sorts of tech for anything literacy. 

Blooming Apps for That- Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything


For everything you need for differentiated instruction, check out Ginger Lewman's Live Binder for Differentiated Instruction and Curriculum.

Check out more from Ginger Lewman on her website!! If you're interested in the next level of DI, go to Project-Based Learning.