Am I the only teacher who thinks task boxes are great for grammar? Am I the only teacher who thinks task boxes are great for middle/secondary students? I know that I can't be the only one, so I created this resource to share with my fellow teachers who feel the same way.
I personally use this in my 9th grade, English Language Arts class. I'm in a co-taught and self contained setting, but this would be great for full inclusion as well.
This resource is a grammar task box for middle or high school students that addresses using relative pronouns and clauses appropriately.
The task box includes differentiated instruction for leveled practice at 4 (technically 4.5) different levels of the skill, so you can meet ALL of your learners' needs.
- Level 0: introductory cards (relative pronouns/clauses 101)
- Level 1: find the relative clause
- Level 2: determine if the relative pronoun is used correctly
- Level 3: determine if the relative clause uses the correct punctuation
- Level 4: determine if the relative clause uses the correct pronoun AND punctuation
Additionally, the resource includes recording sheets for students to document their work. This will make it easy for the teacher to quickly check the progress of the students.
Within each level, there are different ways to make the practice more or less rigorous. You can ask students to simply sort the cards into correct or incorrect. For added rigor, have students explain why the card is correct or incorrect on the recording sheet. For the highest rigor, ask students to fix the sentence by changing the pronoun or punctuation.
I hope you enjoy this resource. I love using task boxes to diversify how students experience grammar practice, and I am sure that you will, too!