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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 story of my friend Daniel

My friend Daniel studied in the same Secondary School I attended to. He was a fun boy who always was playing jokes. He used to play in the school basketball team when he was in first grade. We used to go out with some other friends to the movies, the beach and soccer games. Daniel had a girlfriend, Ruby. She was a beautiful girl who studied in another Secondary School. Daniel changed a lot after he met her. He started to skip classes and he didn't turn in either assigments or homework. He became very unrespectful at teachers and classmates. He was involved in fights and once he stole an USB memory from a backpack. In less than three months he didn't get a single good grade. His parents came to the school many times in order to talk to the professors and the principal to help him but, everything they did was not enough to change his bad attitude. Finally, he was expelled from the school because he was dealing with drugs. He tried to sell drugs in the school and, after he was expelled, he was arrested by the local police department. Unfortunately, he spent four months in a juvenile detention center, the good thing is that during those months he was in a rehab program. After he left the center, although he missed a school year, he enrolled in another school where he graduated from Secondary School.

Written by Professor Francisco Amador.

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Difficult task

Complete the sentences.

1.- Daniel and I _______ to go out with friends.


2.- Daniel ______ a playful boy.


3.- He _________ turn homework in.


4.- He changed a lot when he ________ a girl of another Secondary School.


5.- Daniel _________ in the school basketball team.


6.- He _______ change his bad attitude.


7.- Once he __________ computer equipment from a backpack.

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Intermediate level

Complete the sentences.

1.- Daniel and I _______ to go out with friends.
a. usually
b. didn't use
c. used

2.- Daniel ______ a playful boy.
a. were
b. was
c. wasn't

3.- He _________ turn homework in.
a. did
b. didn't
c. doesn't

4.- He changed a lot when he ________ a girl of another Secondary School.
a. meet
b. didn't meet
c. met

5.- Daniel _________ in the school basketball team.
a. play
b. played
c. playing

6.- He _______ change his bad attitude.
a. didn't
b. did
c. doesn't

7.- Once he __________ computer equipment from a backpack.
a. stole
b. steal
c. didn't steal

 

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Beginners

Complete the sentences.

1.- Daniel and I _______ to go out with friends.


2.- Daniel ______ a playful boy.


3.- He _________ turn homework in.


4.- He changed a lot when he ________ a girl of another Secondary School.


5.- Daniel _________ in the school basketball team.


6.- He _______ change his bad attitude.


7.- Once he __________ computer equipment from a backpack.


Answers
a. played
b. didn't
c. stole
d. didn't
e. used
f. met
g. was

 

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