UDL provides a lesson blueprint for creating instructional goals,
methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone.
This is not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather a series of
flexible approaches that can be universally designed to meet the
needs of every learner.
If you are going to transform learning so learners have a voice
and a choice, you involve them in unpacking and how they meet
standards, including the Common Core State Standards and the
NETS for Students. When learners co-design their learning strategies, they become better prepared for college and the workforce
because they are more engaged in the learning process and can
continue to use these skills throughout their life.
In a traditional classroom, to meet the Common Core Reading
Literature standard for Key Ideas and Details, third graders read or
listen to the same text in the same way and are usually asked to
respond in the same way as everyone else in the class.
Third Grade Literature: Key Ideas and Details
(ELA-RL. 3. 1). Ask and answer questions to demonstrate
understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as
the basis for the answers.
In a Stage One PLE, third graders are more involved in how they
learn as they unpack ELA 3. 1 with their teacher, who asks them
questions that encourage discussion, such as:
• What are the most important events that happened in the story?
How do you know?
• Can you tell how the character is feeling in this part of the story?
• How does this character affect what happens in the beginning
or at the end of the story?
• What lesson is this story teaching you?
For instance, imagine that the third graders are attempting
to demonstrate understanding of the moral of Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney. This beautiful picture book tells of the life
of the author’s great aunt Alice, now called the Lupine Lady.
When she was little, Alice told her grandfather that she wanted
to do as he did—go to far-away places and live in a house by
the sea. He told her that she must also do something to make
the world more beautiful.
The teacher reads the book to the whole class and then makes
it accessible to them in several different formats, such as:
• On eBookBrowse ( ebookbrowse.com/miss-rumphius-pdf-
• As a video on You Tube ( www.youtube.comwatch?v= DrjPzbuxLJU)
• As a podcast
• In other publishing formats, such as SpeakSelection (for iOS6),
a text-to-speech tool for readers who need to hear the story as
they read along
She then facilitates discussions about the lesson the book
teaches with the learners. The children decide that the moral of
the story is that people can make the world more beautiful.
In this Stage One lesson, the teacher identifies these NETS•S
Ia. Creativity and Innovation: Apply existing knowledge to
generate new ideas, products, or processes.
IIa. Communication and Collaboration: Interact, collaborate,
and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a
variety of digital environments and media.
She then facilitates brainstorming with the learners on how they
can meet these standards, including: