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Tiered Task

Teaching a large multilevel class in Secondary School is demanding because of several reasons:

  1. The amount of students we have in our classroom.
  2. The few time of class within a week.
  3. The difference of level performed by our students.

Tiered Task offers a different way to deal with the multilvel class; sometimes the brightest students are the ones who participate more often in the class while the less advanced students do not do it at the same level and frequency. Tiered task is an amazing option to involve everyone in the same task but, at a different level.

Tiered task takes advantage of the same lesson, text, listening, and, even writing activities in order to answer a task depending on the level of each student. In this case, students read a short tale; advanced students read the text answer the questions. Intermediate students read the text and answer the questions by choosing one of the three options. Beginner students read the text and look for the answer for each question from a scrambled list of answers.

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Tiered task
Unit 1
Third grade


The house of my dreams

Rosie was a twenty-five years old woman who worked in a busy city. She used to work from 9 to 5 from Monday through Friday at an office downtown. Rosie used to dream about a small white house with a colorful garden full of flowers. For several nights Rosie dreamed herself walking along a rustic path in the field which ended at the small house. In her dream, she walked along the path and then knocked the door of the house. After she knocked the door, an elder with a long gray beard opened the door and looked at her. At the very moment she was ready to talk to the elder, she always woke up.
One day Rosie was traveling by car in order to visit a friend of hers. Her friend lived in a small town near the mountains and Rosie thought it was a good idea to visit her on weekend. Rosie was driving her car by the highway when she saw the rustic path of her dreams. She suddenly pulled over, turned around and drove along the path. She was very pleased when she saw the house of her dreams with its beautiful garden at the end of the path. She got out of the car and went to the front of the house. She knocked the door. The same elder of her dreams opened the door. She asked him if the house was on sale. The elder, quietly, told her that the house was on sale but, it was not recommended to buy it. She was impressed by the answer but, she asked why. The elder told her that a ghost used to visit the house.
-A ghost? And who is that ghost? -She asked.
-You- The elder said and softly closed the door.

Adapted for the english class by Professor Francisco Amador, from "La casa encantada", anonymous author.

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Difficult task

1.-What did Rosie see in her dreams?


2.-Where did Rosie work?


3.-How old was Rosie when she had her dream?


4.-When did Rosie find the house?


5.-Who opened the door of the house?


6.-Who was the ghost?


7.-Why the elder was not surprised when Rosie visited the house?

 

Write the correct past tense form of the verb.

Infinitive form - - - - - - - - - - Past tense

To visit

To be

To work

To have

To open

To find

To dream

To walk

To live

To think

To go

To see

To ask

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Intermediate level

1.-What did Rosie see in her dreams?
a. a busy city
b. a highway
c. a house

2.-Where did Rosie work?
a. at an office
b. in the field
c. at a school

3.-How old was Rosie when she had her dreams?
a. 26 years old
b. 25 years old
c. 55 years old

4.-When did Rosie find the house?
a. when she was going to work
b. when she was going to visit an elder
c. when she was going to visit a friend

5.-Who opened the door of the house?
a. Rosie did
b. an elder did
c. a friend did

6.-Who was the ghost?
a. the elder was
b. the friend was
c. Rosie was

7.-Why the elder was not surprised with Rosie's visit?
a. because he saw her before
b. because the house did not exist
c. because the elder did not exist

Underline the correct past tense of each verb.

Infinitive form - - - - - - - - - - Past tense

To visit - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Visiting - visited - visits

To be - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Was/were - being - been

To work - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Works - working - worked

To have - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Having - has - had

To open - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Opened - opening - opens

To find - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Found - finding - finds

To dream - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Dreams - dreaming - dreamed

To walk - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Walked - walking - walks

To live - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Living - lives - lived

To think - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Thought - thinks - thinking

To go - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Went - going - goes

To see - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Sees - saw - seeing

To ask - - - - - - - - - - - - -- Asks- asking - asked

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Beginners

1.-What did Rosie see in her dreams?


2.-Where did Rosie work?


3.-How old was Rosie when she had her dream?


4.-When did Rosie find the house?


5.-Who opened the door of the house?


6.-Who was the ghost?


7.-Why the elder was not surprised with Rosie's visit?


Answers
a. an elder did
b. at an office
c. a house
d. because he saw her before
e. 25 years old
f. Rosie was
g. when she was going to visit a friend

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