Scaffolding use of differentiated words independently with definitions and sentence starters.
The department and school where I am employed has a weakness in the writing of extended questions. This resource will allow for greater differentiation, deeper understanding of what is required and also includes sentence starters to structure their answers.
The design has been adapted from @ASTsupportAAli with the key differentiated words used by Edexcel GCSE courses to set extended and differentiated questions. The Wheel is being spread around the school and the pupils are able to use them independently during lessons. Below is an image of an assembled Literacy Wheel, for a copy of the template please email email@example.com
In my lessons I have found the best ways of encourperating the wheel are as follows:
1. open started questions - Place a question on the board without a differentiated word at the start and allow students to pick which word they insert
(eg ... the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system)
2. differentiated question answering and marking - Use the wheel to plan answers based on actual exam questions, the wheels provide the definitiions for the pupils to create a structured answer from. In addition to this you can allow pupils to mark using the wheels, assessing whether they have actually answered the question.
3. There are many more ideas and methods, but I am sure that you can find what works best for your class/group/school.
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