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Differentiated Reading Instruction Worksheets and Activities

Are you a teacher who has suddenly been told that you need to “differentiate” your reading, English, or language arts instruction? You are probably looking for worksheets and materials to help you comply with this unfamiliar concept, and I’ve got just the thing.

Differentiating instruction seems challenging and overwhelming, but it doesn’t really have to be. Just follow these simple steps and use the worksheets below. You too can provide differentiated instruction in a simple and effective way.


Implementation:

  1. Put students into small groups and assign them a story to read.
  2. Give each group one of these worksheets.
  3. Guide student groups as needed.
  4. Assign students another story and a different worksheet.
  5. Modify the approach as necessary and repeat.

Climax, Story Structure, and Elements of a Story Worksheet – As with all of these worksheets, this can be applied to most stories. It asks students to identify the setting, main characters, conflict, and the narrative structure of the story (rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution); however, make sure that the story follows this typical pattern before you assign students a task that they cannot complete.
Climax, Story Structure, and Elements of a Story Worksheet RTF
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Identifying Facts and Opinions Worksheet – In this worksheet, students identify statements of fact and opinion from the text.  Then they create statements of fact and opinion about the text.
Identifying Facts and Opinions Worksheet RTF
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Summarizing and Recognizing Narrative Sequence Worksheet – With this activity, students not only provide a summary of important events in the story, but they also explain why they think each event is important.  Additionally, they order the events at the bottom of the sheet using a graphic organizer.  This one can be used with any story.
Summarizing and Recognizing Narrative Sequence Worksheet RTF
Summarizing and Recognizing Narrative Sequence Worksheet PDF
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Character Traits and Motivations Worksheet – In this activity, students will analyze characters from a text and identify character traits.  Then they will explain how they know this about the character and also identify what motivates the character.
Character Traits and Motivations Worksheet RTF
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Figurative Language Finder Worksheet – This activity sheet will help guide students in the hunt to locate instances of figurative language from a text of your choosing.  Be sure that the text with which you assign this activity sheet actually contains the required amount of figurative language usages, or else use the RTF file to modify the worksheet accordingly.
Figurative Language Finder Worksheet RTF
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Poetic Devices and Techniques Finder Worksheet – Students locate instances of alliteration, consonance, onomatopoeia, rhythm, and rhyme with a text of your choosing.  As with the figurative language finder activity, be sure that the text which you assign has an appropriate amount of techniques before you assign it.  This activity will work best with poetry.
Poetic Devices and Techniques Finder Worksheet RTF
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Comprehension and Inference Question Creator Worksheet – This worksheet will provide students with a guide in creating their own questions about a text of your choosing.  Students create seven comprehension questions and three inference questions.
Comprehension and Inference Question Creator Worksheet RTF
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Context Clues Vocabulary Builder Worksheet – Students select challenging vocabulary words from a text of your choosing. Then they write the sentences in which they were used and attempt to determine the meaning of the word based on the context.  Also, they explain their answers.
Context Clues Vocabulary Builder Worksheet RTF
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I hope that these resources will help you differentiate your instruction and work more effectively with small groups of students.

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     /  July 10, 2015

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     /  December 8, 2013

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  7. Dana Danna

     /  October 10, 2013

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     /  September 17, 2013

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  9. GREAT!
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    THANKS!

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  10. Rachel

     /  February 6, 2013

    Wow, what great resources! Thanks so much for sharing with others. I can’t wait to use these tomorrow with my guided reading groups. Again, thanks!

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  11. Meg

     /  November 11, 2012

    Thanks–I teach fully sheltered ESL classes in language arts and Reading. I used these last year and look forward to using them again this year, especially the figurative language sheets–they just save me the time of looking for the examples myself. Thanks again!!

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  12. Sheila

     /  October 10, 2012

    Excellent,thses worksheets are great and very helpful.

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  13. Cloewen

     /  August 4, 2012

    Really like those worksheets here,thanks a lot!

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  14. Kate

     /  May 23, 2012

    This is exactly what I needed for book clubs. Thanks a million!

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  15. Samar

     /  April 27, 2012

    I like all the worksheets , they are very useful.

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    • Thanks. I’ve got a bunch of mini-projects that could be used with any story too that I’d like to add here. Maybe this weekend. Thanks for visiting!

      Reply

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