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Mr. Garland (GT)

Greetings students and parents. Welcome to the GT website for our gifted and talented electives here at Merrill Middle School. This year I am offering two selections for our gifted and talented learners in terms of Electives. Students in the GT elective  will cycle through both offerings before the end of the school year. The first offering is Debate, Philosophy and Rhetoric where students will engage with philosophers of the past, rhetorical devices of the present and the complex and controversial issues of the past and future!! The course description with a day by day description is attached below.  The second offering is Advanced Reading where students will read from a vast array of texts divided into four genres: Sci-Fi Dystopian, Non-Fiction Narrative, Graphic Novels and Diverse Point of View (Non-White male author with non-white male protagonists). Each unit will last a little under 3 weeks and students will read in a collaborative and social setting. The unit plan description for Advanced Reading is attached below as well. I am very excited to work with your students and look forward to a fantastic second semester. 
Name: Drew Garland
Email: Andrew_Garland@dpsk12.org
Phone: 720-424-0670

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Current Unit

The Current Unit for the classes are as follows: 
Advanced Reading 7th and 7th/8th Grade-
Philosophy, Debate and Rhetoricr6 th grade

Quizzes and Tests

All Quizzes and tests will be related to AR quizzes or be conducted in a classroom environment

Resource - Please download the Unit plans below for a week by week breakdown of the GT elective courses


Reading contracts will dictate the homework requirement on a unit by unit basis. Ask your student for their planners to see how much they have agreed to read and when the unit ends. 
Andrew Garland,
Feb 16, 2016, 2:57 PM
Andrew Garland,
Aug 31, 2017, 1:54 PM