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Humanities & Linguistics Gifted
"Gifted students have the interest and the ability to use the
language, the information, and the structures of social sciences to solve old
problems and envision new possibilities. However, they must be challenged by
parents and teachers who also find inquiry and mystery impelling. Too often, in
today's schools gifted students are placed in educational structures that only
repeat information that they already know, with concepts already explored, in
settings that stifle excited inquiry. How much more could be learned, how many
more could be entranced, and how important to all of us would their
contributions be if such children were fostered and appropriately taught."
The importance of social studies and the education of gifted students
Teen Essays on Life and Literature from Tolkien to Twilight
by Ann Camacho
Clay Thompson Language Arts Curriculum
by Michael Clay Thompson, from Royal Fireworks
don't know how to explain Michael Clay Thompson's curriculum, except to
say... gifted students, no matter where their gifts lie, need
this curriculum. I had the honor of hearing Michael speak about his
Grammar Voyage and
The Magic Lens grammar
curricula and Practice Sentence
student workbook series... and I was enthralled. Please know, I am a
math-y and a computer geek - I do not do language arts, if I can help
it. But this curriculum made grammar interesting to me!
Word Within The Word offers middle
and secondary level, vocabulary-building curriculum that is like no other.
Sentence Island, Paragraph Town
and Essay Voyage form the elementary writing curriculum. And
there's much more... investigate all the
Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts
Curriculum. For videos of Michael Clay Thompson's presentations, and to
see why this math-geek is so excited by his curriculum, view
Michael Clay Thompson Videos. And read
Duffy reviews... Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts
of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High
by Judith Wynn
Roeper Review says
it all: "...should be on the shelf of every school
library, whether that school offers gifted programming or not."
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Adora Svitak in CNN's Young People Who Rock
- Adora has been known as a "literary prodigy" since her first published
book, "Flying Fingers," which contains stories, poems and a step-by-step
instructional manual for parents and teachers to encourage kids to write.
Her passion is evident from each story she puts out on her
blog - a must read for
kids and adults!
Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
- "John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this
book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone
interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will
become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend." -- The
New York Times Book Review.
With Tradition - teaching composition to gifted students by Elissa S.
- Attend to the least proficient students and the best will take care of
themselves. An educational philosophy that few university faculty would rush
to embrace ... except with respect to expository writing. More from habit
than reflection, writing programs tend to neglect the brightest seniors: we
rarely consider subjecting their writing to serious scrutiny. Would that it
Benefits of Learning Languages in the
Duke Gifted Letter
- It is critical that foreign language instruction be available to all
students throughout their PK-12 academic experience. Knowing other languages
and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American
students as they prepare to live and work in a global society. Many
studies have demonstrated the benefits of second language learning not only
on student’s linguistic abilities but on their cognitive and creative
abilities as well...
Verbal Talent by Michael Thompson
- "Verbal talent is developed by new verbal experience. If this seems
too obvious, we must recall that it flies in the mass face of an educational
culture that avoids the shock of difficulty in the name of self-esteem; giving
students things they can do, the theory is, builds their self-esteem.
Developing verbal talent in gifted children doesnt work that way..."
Advanced Readers in Middle School by Teresa Masiello
- Teachers, here's your differentiation guide for middle school readers.
Challenge and inspire the gifted middle school student, plus reproducibles
on literature circles, tiered activities, graphic organizers, and
higher-level thinking discussion questions
A Contracted Curriculum by Ross Butchart, in Gifted Education Press
- Today, in educational circles, value for the humanities is held in low
regard – an attitude that is evident at the highest echelon of influence.
The humanities offer an avenue to revive our collective strength of
character, as it is through the discipline inherent in their study that
critical thinking skills are developed. (requires Adobe,
scroll down to page 9)
importance of social studies and the education of gifted students by
- The study of social sciences and humanities forms the basic core of
thought for growing, inquiring minds. These disciplines are even more
fundamental to the nurture of the mind that is pushing the limits of human
knowledge and bent upon changing the world...
a matter of philosophy by Tim Simmons, The News & Observer
- When it comes to developing prescription drugs at the pharmaceutical giant
GlaxoSmithKline, biologists, chemists and even statisticians impose an
obvious order on the process. But when Gary Merrill needs someone who
can really think a problem through -- someone who can do the heavy lifting
of analysis -- he turns to his philosophers. These are not wizened old
men contemplating the meaning of life. They are young undergraduates......
Language Arts for Gifted Students edited by Susan K. Johnsen and James
- Characteristics and identification of students who are gifted in
English/language arts, how to develop differentiated curricula that includes
multicultural components, and specific teaching strategies, such as integrating
drama with literature, using storytelling activities, and developing a writers'
University Summer Enrichment Program for Kids Uses Games and Simulations
by Maureen Reed
- Interacting with each student and challenging them
to justify their decisions will enable the teacher to understand the student’s
mastery of critical thinking skills and understanding of the rules/goals of the
game. Winning or losing is not the important thing; the teacher should assess
whether the student is planning and coordinating her movements...
Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
- John Gardner understands the poor, young, serious-fiction writer.
Gardner's sympathetic On Becoming a Novelist is the novelist's ultimate
comfort food--better than macaroni and cheese, better than chocolate.
Gardner, a fiction writer himself (Grendel), knows in his bones the
desperate questioning of a writer who's not sure he's up to the task. He
recognizes the validation that comes with being published, just as he
believes that "for a true novel there is generally no substitute for slow,
slow baking." Gardner also has strong feelings about what kinds of workshops
help (and whom they help), and what kinds hinder. But a full half of
Gardner's book is devoted to an exploration of the writer's nature...
the Special Giftedness of Young Interpreters by Guadalupe Valdés,
- Analysis of the youngsters' performance on our simulated interpretation
task revealed that youngsters were able to demonstrate their ability to
carry out the very complex task of interpreting under particularly stressful
conditions. Given their performance, we maintain that young interpreters
exhibit at least some of the characteristics generally measured in
prospective interpreters such as memory, analytical ability, speed of
comprehension and production, and stress tolerance... (requires Adobe)
February 20, 2014