The development of a literature instructional unit for gifted children in the elementary grades

Bennett, Evelyn (1990) The development of a literature instructional unit for gifted children in the elementary grades. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Many gifted children can read before they enter school and by the time they reach elementary school, their reading skills are well developed. The language arts curriculum for these children must go beyond that offered in general education programs if they are to realize their full potential. Special programs developed for gifted children must have depth, complexity and challenge. Literature study encourages children to read more widely, more creatively and more critically. Good literature has the ability to intellectually stimulate gifted children and demand high-level cognitive functioning. -- Literature-based language arts instruction allows gifted children to acquire an appreciation for good literature. In-depth study of well written books allows them the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding of good writing. It also excels in promoting affective development. It can help children begin to clarify their own values, understand themselves and see their relationships within the world. -- This study was undertaken to survey the related literature in order to establish a rationale for using literature as a means of educating gifted children, to develop a unit of study on a selected theme in literature suitable to the needs of identified gifted children, and to create an annotated bibliography of recommended books with themes similar to the one used in the unit of study. -- Part II of the study consists of the actual instructional unit. The theme of slavery was selected because of the depth and complexity of the subject. The nature of the theme also lends itself well to the development of affective and philosophical growth of which gifted children are so capable. The novel Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker was selected as the main resource since it has been highly recommended for use with children who are in elementary school. It also fits well within the grade six social studies curriculum with its reference to Canada and the role Canada played in providing safety for runaway slaves. -- The instructional unit is comprised of instructional strategies as well as a bibliography of selected reading materials for teachers and an annotated bibliography of recommended children's books related to the theme of slavery.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5185
Item ID: 5185
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 55-58.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1990
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: United States
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Smucker, Barbara Claassen, 1915--Underground to Canada; Language arts (Elementary); Gifted children--Books and reading; Children's literature--Bibliography; Slavery--United States--Bibliography

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