Gifted Language Arts is a topic-based, creative exploration of skills and concepts in language arts as it applies to social studies, science, service learning, and the arts. Assignments are organized through units of study with guiding questions and specific focus points in reading, writing, and speaking.
Reading- You will read, in school and at home, texts assigned by Mrs. Richard as well as books that you choose. Required reading will often be a point of discussion in class, so it is very important that you keep up with reading assignments.
Writing- For every unit there will be a culminating writing assignment, sometimes two. Each writing assignment is focused on the mode of writing (expository, persuasive, descriptive, narrative). Writing will be graded by a rubric (with which you will soon become familiar).
Projects- Every unit will also include an extending project. Each student, small groups of students, or pairs will create a visual to demonstrate understanding.
Presentations- Students will often present their culminating project to the class in order to teach others what was learned. Students will also participate in socratic discussions.
Here are some of the books that we will be reading this year:
Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
Please purchase these books for your child, and for another student if possible. I understand that budgets can be tight. If you can't afford the books at that time, Ms. Cook or I will find a copy for your Gifted ELA student.