Last time I showed how to use the Wikipedia Wormhole to find interesting topics for research. Now we’ll look at how to form interesting questions to investigate those topics.
All AboutLanguage Arts
Information about how to differentiate within language arts.
Students’ education about literary devices seems to max out with personification, similes, and other types of figurative language. But what about more complex tools?
Let’s write a persuasive essay about one holiday from the point of view of another holiday’s “mascot.” For example, what would the Easter Bunny think about Christmas, how would Santa feel about Valentine’s Day, and what would a Turkey have to say about St. Patrick’s Day?
I came across these drawings by Adam Watson. They’re scenes and characters from Star Wars, remade in the style of Dr. Seuss. What a fascinating way to extend a typical writing assignment: ask students to recreate a story as if it were created by another author.
Symbolism, a mainstay of literature discussion, seems too abstract and ephemeral to teach to younger students. However, with a well-constructed lesson, students will quickly get the hang of symbolic representation. We’ll finish this unit up with some great pixel-art and computer painting.
Here’s an interesting quote to use with some of your older gifted students: “I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words.” The author of this quote might surprise you!
How can you start meeting gifted learners’ needs in language arts? Here are four guidelines from Dr. David Levande with several practical ideas to get you started.
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.