This post provides a rationale for pushing outside our comfort zones when it comes to our personal point of view and crafting a more diverse and inclusive curriculum. As educators, in honor of Black History Month, we can reflect on our points of view, celebrate diversity, see whiteness, and read with abandon. This post is the first in a series.
Lesson Summary This post provides a lesson unit for introducing gifted and talented students to To Kill a Mockingbird by amplifying the diverse voices within the narrative. This unit provide differentiated lessons allowing you to investigate characters in the book, study historical context, explore the theme of empathy, research and bring to light silenced voices…
How can we get gifted students to deepen their understanding of literary and historical characters? How can we bring together isolated facts and help students visualize and analyze the impact of a person on a story or a time period? A Body Biography is a way students can use images and writing to express that analytical and conceptual understanding of characters.
This post provides video and other materials for teaching an introductory pre-assessment lesson that helps you gauge your gifted students’ storytelling and creative writing skills. This lesson is part of a 10-lesson Common Core-aligned unit on creative writing for gifted elementary and middle school students.