During a lesson, teachers can provide students graduated objectives for learning tasks to build toward a larger goal.
In a lesson on writing a five-paragraph essay, a teacher can provide graduated learning objectives that students are to meet in sequence:
- Identify the three key points of your argument
- Write an outline of the essay
- Write a thesis statement for the essay
- Write topic sentences for each of the three key points of the essay
- Write body paragraphs for each of the three key points
- Write an introductory paragraph
- Write a conclusion paragraph
In a mixed-ability classroom, the teacher should expect that some students will meet all seven objectives in quick order, while others will struggle to hit only a few.
Written by Louis Olander
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett