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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.

This is a reading lesson and tiered exercises for third grade. Tiered task helps most of the students in completing tasks in the classroom by making three different answers sheet for the same reading.

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Tiered task
Unit 1
Third grade


My old friend Priscila

I met her when we were studying in Elementary school in Cabo San Lucas. She was the best friend of my cousin Daniela. She moved to another city, Mazatlan, when she was 12 and I didn't see her for five years. Last vacations I visited my aunt who was working in the same city that she was living in. I was walking by the downtown when we met each other. Two months ago we chatted on the Internet and told her about my visit to Mazatlan. After we said hello, she told me that she went to Cabo San Lucas, but she couldn't let me know.
-When did you go to my city?- I asked her.
-I went last April- She answered.
-Did you visit your relatives?- I continued.
-Well, my relatives used to live near your neighborhood but they moved two years ago- She added.
-And did you go to see my cousin Daniela?
-No, I didn't. I went there because my father had to do something about his work.

We talked for more than three hours and the day after we went to the zoo and to the movies. I met her friends and classmates. We went out for dinner and dancing. We went to a beautiful beach and spent all day at it. It was sad to say goodbye but, since there, we often chat. Truly, it was a very special time with her.

Robert.

Written by Professor Francisco Amador.

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Difficult task

1.-When did Robert meet his friend?


2.-Where did Priscila live when Robert visited her?


3.-When did Priscila go to Cabo San Lucas?


4.-What places did they visit in Mazatlan?


5.-Did Priscila see his cousin Daniela?


6.-Where did they spend all day in Mazatlan?


7.-Why did she go to Cabo San Lucas?

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Intermediate level

1.-When did Robert meet his friend?
a. He met her at Daniela's house
b. He met her in Mazatlan
c. He met her when they were studying Elementary school

2.-Where did Priscila live when Robert visited her?
a. She lived in Mazatlan
b. She lived in the school
c. She lived in Cabo San Lucas

3.-When did Priscila go to Cabo San Lucas?
a. She went last April
b. She went two years ago
c. She went on vacations

4.-To what places did they go in Mazatlan?
a. They went to museums and schools
b. They went to her father's workplace
c. They went to the cinema and restaurants

5.-Did Priscila see his cousin Daniela?
a. No, she did not.
b. Yes, she did.
c. Yes, he did not.

6.-Where did they spend all day in Mazatlan?
a. They spent all day at the beach
b. They spent all day at the zoo
c. They spent all day at the movies

7.-Why did she go to Cabo San Lucas?
a. Because her father had vacations
b. Because her father had to work
c. Because her father had to visit his relatives

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Beginners

1.-When did Robert meet his friend?


2.-Where did Priscila live when Robert visited her?


3.-When did Priscila go to Cabo San Lucas?


4.-What places did they visit in Mazatlan?


5.-Did Priscila see his cousin Daniela?


6.-Where did they spend all day in Mazatlan?


7.-Why did she go to Cabo San Lucas?


Answers
a. They spent all day at the beach
b. She went last April
c. No, she did not.
d. because he saw her before
e. He met her when they were studying Elementary school
f. Because her father had to work
g. In Mazatlan

 

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