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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

A day in class

Last school year when I was in second grade I studied sciences with professor Servin. We made many experiments in class. Although our science class was very interesting it wasn't easy to get a high grade because of the amount of homework and assigments during the term. One day, professor Servin was explaining how electricity works in houses. Most of the students weren't paying attention to the professor; some were talking to each other,some were studying for an exam, some were just doing something else. Suddenly, he poured water onto a wall and switched something. Then, he attracted our attention with a request: the student who touched the wall would get extra points for the exam. I was writing on my notebook when he asked someone to go to the front. Of course, anyone wanted to touch the wall. Another student was reading a book about wiring and he didn't want to touch the wall either. Roberto, one of the most advanced students, was eating a sandwich. Professor Servin asked for a volunteer, nobody raised his hand. After a minute of silence, I still don't know why, I raised my hand; I walked to the wall and I expected the worst. Before touching the wall my classmates were laughing at me but, I made my decision and finally I touched the wall. I expected to be shocked by electricity. I was affraid and nervous. I expected pain. Nothing happened. My classmates were surprised, my professor smiled and I got extra points for my exam.

Written by Professor Francisco Amador.

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Difficult task

Write the question to each answer

1.- ______________________________________________

I studied sciences.

2.- ______________________________________________

Professor Servin was.

3.- ______________________________________________

I was writing on my notebook when he asked someone to go to the front.

4.- ______________________________________________

Nothing happened.

5.- ______________________________________________

He poured water.

6.- ______________________________________________

I expected the worst.

7.- ______________________________________________

My classmates were.


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Intermediate level

Underline the question to each answer

1.-I studied sciences.
a. What did you study in elementary school?
b. What did you study in second grade?
c. What experiments did you study last year?

2.- Professor Servin was.
a. Who was eating a sandwich in class?
b. Who were yor classmates?
c. Who was your science professor?

3.- I was writing on my notebook when he asked someone to go to the front.
a. What were you doing when professor Sevin asked for a volunteer?
b. What were your classmates doing in class?
c. What was professor Servin doing?

4.- Nothing happened.
a. What happened when professor Servin attracted the attention?
b. What happened when Roberto was eating a sandwich?
c. What happened when you touched the wall?

5.- He poured water.
a. Who was drinking water?
b. What did professor Servin do on the wall?
c. Where was the water in class?

6.- I expected the worst.
a. What did you expect when you touched the wall?
b. What did you expect when professor called for a volunteer?
c. What did you expect from your classmates?

7.- My classmates were.
a. Who was supporting you?
b. Who was laughing at you?
c. Who was touching the wall?

 

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Beginners

Write the question to each answer

1.- ______________________________________________

I studied sciences.

2.- ______________________________________________

Professor Servin was.

3.- ______________________________________________

I was writing on my notebook when he asked someone to go to the front.

4.- ______________________________________________

Nothing happened.

5.- ______________________________________________

He poured water.

6.- ______________________________________________

I expected the worst.

7.- ______________________________________________

My classmates were.


Answers
a. Who was your science professor?
b. What did you expect when you touched the wall?
c. Who was laughing at you?
d. What did you study in second grade?
e. What were you doing when professor Sevin asked for a volunteer?
f. What did professor Servin do on the wall?
g. What happened when you touched the wall?

 

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