Differentiating Instruction with Book Punch

Teachers often work with students from a great range of abilities. In mixed-level classes, students need to be introduced to content area material in ways that engage their attention, facilitate participation, and maximize the chances for success.

Book Punch guides students through the process of thinking and writing about books commonly read in schools today. Built-in hints and tips tutor students step-by-step as they work. Lesson plan aids help teachers develop a practical framework for using each book with their students.

Try these tips for differentiating instruction with Book Punch with your students.

Before reading

Review the Book Punch lesson plan aid to create a roadmap of the story and tasks expected of students.

Give students a printout of the assigned book’s online Evidence and Inference writing topics.

Tell students they will get help needed to think about and write responses to the Evidence and Inference questions.

Lead a discussion and write down students' predictions for the plot of the book.

Help students make independent personal connections to it by writing on one of the online Text-to-Self topics.

Show students through the PDF walkthrough to introduce them to Book Punch's online writing prompts.

Use the offline vocabulary worksheets to teach students important words in the book.

During reading

Suggest that when students find a fact in the book that answers an online Evidence and Inference question, they note the page number next to the question.

Help students create mental images of the reading material by using offline worksheets for character exploration.

Have students use the online Evidence and Inference writing prompts when you feel they have enough information to answer the questions.

When students use the online Evidence and Inference writing prompts encourage them to use the built-in tips and learning scaffolds.

Divide the class into groups and use the discussion topics cited in the teaching guides to foster classroom discussions.

Have students write down their own questions.

After reading

Ask students to finish their online Evidence and Inference topics.

Have students polish their work by going through the online proofreading and grammar mini-lessons.

Have students who have finished the Evidence and Inference topics, use the online Reading Check as an extra activity while the remainder of the class completes their work.

Encourage students to share their written work and opinions about the book.

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