Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using differentiation to support struggling students in a mixed-ability social studies classroom

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research topics addressed in this project are: differentiation, manageable strategies for differentiating a lesson, and assessment/grading as it relates to differentiated work. Motivated to support struggling students in her seventh-grade History class, the author first researched differentiation using multiple sources including works by field expert, Carol Tomlinson. Then the author developed differentiated curriculum for a two-week unit on the Holocaust utilizing the literature and theory as the foundation. The unit includes the use of two differentiation strategies: tiering and project menus. The author describes the need for tiered assignments to assist the students in reaching the objective at their readiness level.

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