During a lesson, teachers can provide students graduated objectives for learning tasks to build toward a larger goal.

For example:

In a lesson on writing a five-paragraph essay, a teacher can provide graduated learning objectives that students are to meet in sequence:

  1. Identify the three key points of your argument
  2. Write an outline of the essay
  3. Write a thesis statement for the essay
  4. Write topic sentences for each of the three key points of the essay
  5. Write body paragraphs for each of the three key points
  6. Write an introductory paragraph
  7. 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.

Further reading:

Colorado State University Writing Center – Sequence Your Objectives

Conestoga College Teaching and Learning Center – Sequencing Learning Experiences


Written by Louis Olander
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett



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