Give it all you've got: a differentiated literacy unit with a character education focus





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This capstone addresses the question: What will a differentiated literacy unit that promotes character analysis and development look like? It uses three theories - differentiation, literacy instruction, and character education to ground the project. The three have been combined into one streamlined unit. Prior consideration of each of these theories as separate entities proved to be an inefficient use of time and effort. The author designed this curriculum unit to meet all students' instructional needs, to promote success on standardized tests in reading and language (not to mention inspire a love of reading), and to encourage the acquisition and exploration of character traits. Curriculum materials required by the district are at the core of this unit. Much research and reflection were done to identify the best of each theory and address the needs of all learners.

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