The CLEAR curriculum, developed by University of Virginia's National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, is an evidence-based teaching model that emphasizes Challenge Leading to Engagement, Achievement, and Results. In Research and Rhetoric: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 5, students will engage in a systematic study of rhetoric as contemplated by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Students will answer the questions: When do you appeal to one's intellect, to emotions, or perhaps to one's sense of morality when trying to persuade? In the research unit, students will learn and employ advanced research skills from crafting open-ended research questions and discerning between reliable sources. They will carry out their own research study and present findings at a research gala. These units focus on critical literacy skills including reading diverse texts, understanding a speaker's or author's perspective, and understanding an audience's perspective.
The CLEAR curriculum, developed by University of Virginia's National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, is an evidence-based teaching model that emphasizes Challenge Leading to Engagement, Achievement, and Results. In Poetry and Fairy Tales: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 3 students will read and analyze various forms of poetry and write their own poetry anthology. They will learn how to identify and use figurative language to create concrete images from abstract ideas. In the fairy tales unit, students will study fairy tales and folklore to understand how and why societal norms and mores are culturally transmitted. These units focus on critical literacy that includes reading diverse sources, understanding bias and cultural contexts, and creating informed consumers of information.
Language arts is a complex subject area that includes multiple domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) and can be infused into many other content areas throughout the school day. Students who are gifted in any area of the language arts need consistently challenging and stimulating instruction. Language Arts for Gifted Students is written by two classroom teachers specifically for classroom teachers. Designed to be an initial resource for teachers seeking to add to their instructional repertoire, it provides specific strategies that teachers can use to meet the needs of their gifted language arts students both in the language arts classroom and beyond.
Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons Grade 6
This activity book, from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities to master and engage with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts through four mini units. Each mini unit is packed with activities and practice problems that enrich and extend grade-level ELA content for grade 6. Included texts have messages and characters that are developmentally suitable for students. Through higher order reasoning questions, resulting discussions, and student-created products associated with these texts, gifted and advanced students' needs are met while still maintaining messages and characters to which students can relate. Students will be exposed to themes such as personal identity and growing up, civic identity and community, and cultural identity and history. Each them is chosen with advanced sixth-grade students in mind and their emerging need to learn more about themselves, their world, and how to work through adversity to accomplish their goals.
For the first time, the Gifted Child Today Reader series brings together the best articles published in Gifted Child Today, the nation's most popular gifted education journal. Each book in this series is filled with exciting and practical classroom ideas, useful summaries of research findings, discussions of identification and classroom management, and informed opinions about educating gifted kids. Anyone involved in education will benefit from the practical, research-based ideas this unique series has to offer. Students who are gifted in English and language arts are able to discern the authors' purpose, anticipate layers of meaning, and use prior knowledge to make connections between the present text and the previous experiences, a complicated feat for any young child. "Language Arts for Gifted Students" offers information on the characteristics and identification of students who are gifted in English and language arts; how to develop differentiated curricula that include multicultural components; and specific teaching strategies, such as integrating drama with literature, using storytelling activities, and developing a writers' workshop.
Curriculum Planning and Instructional Design for Gifted Learners
This updated third edition of Curriculum Planning and Instructional Design for Gifted Learners: Is a guide to designing curriculum for the gifted at any level of learning and in any subject area. Addresses the need to differentiate at all levels in the design process. Shows how to customize curriculum for advanced learners. Uses national standards, such as the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, as the point of departure for design. Demonstrates how the differentiation process works in math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Special needs gifted learners, such as those who are twice-exceptional, second language learners, students from poverty, and minority students, are included as a group for further differentiation and customization of curriculum and instruction. The book may also be used to provide a curriculum guide for teachers in a master's program in gifted education or those taking endorsement classes.