Differentiated instruction is a key component to any effective learning environment. Avoid “teaching to the middle” and address all individual needs through this tiered stations lesson. Students will be challenged, regardless of their background knowledge or reading level.
This file includes handouts for three leveled stations:
Station A: Blast from the Past
This station is meant for struggling students, or students who are unfamiliar with the concept of foreshadowing.
It is recommended that this station relies on direct instruction for teacher intervention. Review the notes with a small group, then provide guided practice for the examples as the other stations work together.
Station B: Right on Target
This station is meant for students who are somewhat familiar with the concept of foreshadowing, but could use some extra practice and think time.
Students in this group read the “Foreshadowing Notes” independently and complete an activity using passages from Tuck Everlasting.
Station C: Shoot for the Stars
This station is meant for the high-flyers, who need to be challenged. They are probably already familiar with “Foreshadowing,” but now need to analyze it closer.
Students in this group must look in their own Independent Reading Book, Book Club Book or Class Novel and find instances of foreshadowing.
Station D: Talk it Out
In this station, the teacher acts as a facilitator of discussion as students share out their findings in Station C. This piece requires a bit more “on-the-fly” teaching, but it is extremely beneficial to students that are ready to be challenged. While the teacher is working at Station D, the other students are now working at a station that will challenge them, as well.
You will also be provided with a Foreshadowing pretest, which will help you decide how to set up your groups. Additionally, you will be provided with answer keys and Station Direction Signs to place on tables, which allow for more student self-management and independence.
Typically, only one rotation is necessary in a complete “Tiered Station” cycle. In other words, Station A students will only complete Stations A & B. Station B will only complete B &C, and so on.
Direct Instruction is best utilized in the Station A at the beginning of the period and Station D at the end of the period.
Use the small pre-quiz to assess for student understanding of “Foreshadowing” in order to gauge your groupings.