Previously, we discussed using morality, multiple intelligences, and scholarly habits to analyze characters. Not only does this add deep layers to questioning, but (more importantly) it provides opportunities to discuss gifted students’ unique emotional needs. Personality types are another tool that serve these two needs.
‘Literary Response’ Articles
Some little genius might suggest the environmental impact of creating bricks versus using the easily renewable sticks and straw. Perhaps there is a negative economic effect of using bricks for a house. Now students can evaluate the choice in a whole new light. And all we did was add a couple words to the question.
Conflict is an essential tool for analyzing literature, understanding history, and improving as a writer. Each year, my 6th graders discuss the types of conflict commonly found in stories and analyze writing using the content imperatives.
By 6th grade, our reading program’s comprehension skills have become a bit basic for most of my gifted students. I’ve been working on increasing the depth and complexity of these skills. In this case, “Noting Details” has become “Explicit Vs. Implicit Details.”
A reusable extension menu gives gifted students choice while simplifying directions and reducing teacher workload. These eight options for character analysis incorporate depth, complexity, content imperatives, and interesting uses of technology.
Thought I’d share this Word document my students have been using to analyze characters’ changes over time. It has both depth and complexity as well as content imperatives embedded.
Do you give your gifted students room to explore personal interests? Google does. In fact they demand it. At Google, employees are expected to spend 20% of their time at work (that’s paid time) developing a project outside of their job description. This works out to one day per week spent on an independent activity.
I’m always looking for ways for my gifted students to interact with literature through different media, and realized that this TED Talk had applications as an interesting literary response activity.
The California Gifted Standards define novelty as “unique and original expressions of student understanding.” Are you providing this for your gifted students? Here’s a way to incorporate music, group collaboration, and literary response.