Unlock hidden writing skills in all learners through UDL! The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing are promising but present a host of challenges in implementation, especially for struggling students. In this valuable resource, Sally A. Spencer demonstrates the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for making the CCSS writing and language standards accessible to all kids. Educators who utilize these strategies will know: •How to leverage the strengths of students to optimize writing instruction and overcome their weaknesses •The ways UDL can minimize the roadblocks in CCSS implementation •How to - and how not to - use technology to teach writing and language conventions With dozens of classroom-ready activities, resources for further reading, and reproducibles, this easy-to-use guide will help you make all students proficient writers. “This is the ultimate guide to successful UDL implementation, with ready-to- use activities and resources that support the Common Core Writing Standards for students in all grades. Energize your classroom with this practical guide that engages all learners and helps you plan your lessons with ease. This is a must-have for all teachers!” -Renee Bernhardt, Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction-Learning Support Cherokee County School District Canton, GA “This is one of the most relatable and relevant teaching books I have read. It is packed with practical ideas, solid background information, and several resources. It is perfect for any teacher struggling to help students with a variety of needs achieve the goals set by the CCSS.” -Kristin Striebel, Teacher Francis Howell School District St. Charles, MO
Chapter 3: Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning
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What the Heck Is UDL?
Imagine this scenario: It is 1975, and you are catching a plane to go to Miami, where you are going to go on a two-week Caribbean cruise. You have two full-size suitcases packed with vacation wear, a shoulder bag with your personal hygiene and carry-on items, and a large beach bag. (After all, this is pre-9/11, so you can take as much stuff as you want!) You get to the airport and park on the second floor of the long-term lot only to find out there is no elevator or escalator. You are forced to make [Page 28]multiple trips up and down the stairs, dragging your cases over the steps and ...