• 4th Grade 2015-2015 school year will study " Literary Reflections" provided by the Center for Gifted Education Language Arts College of William and Mary. 
        
     
    The Guiding Theme of this unit is the recognition that change affects people and their relationships,as well as the world around them.The literature selections of the unit illustrate this theme.The student activities engage students in discussing and writing about what they have read,and in independent and group learning opportunities that promote skill development in vocabulary,persuasive writing,literary analysis,oral communication and thinking.Discussion emphasizes the search for meaning in literature.Students also engage in  researching the role of memory in their lives and the role of technology in preserving memories.
     
     
    WILLIAM AND MARY INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS 
     
     
    Taba Model for Concept Development (Change Model) 
    Literature Web 
    Vocabulary Web 
    Paul’s Reasoning Model 
    Standards of Reasoning integrated with Persuasive Writing 
    Research Model resulting in students’ written and oral presentations 
     
     
    5th Grade 2014-2015 school year will study" Patterns of Change "from the Center for Gifted Education of William and Mary along with the first half of "Collections" from Houghton Mifflin.
     
          
     
    In this unit, students study the concept of change by reading literature selections drawn from multiple genres,including short stories,poetry,autobiographies of published authors and related pieces by these authors and essays. 

    1997 Winner of a National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Division Award for Outstanding Curriculum

     
    WILLIAM AND MARY INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS 
     
    Taba Model for Concept Development (Change Model) 
    Literature Web 
    Vocabulary Web 
    Paul’s Reasoning Model 
    Standards of Reasoning integrated with Persuasive Writing 
    Research Model resulting in students’ written and oral presentations 
     
     
     
    6th Grade  2014-2015 school year will study" Persuasion "from the Center for Gifted Education of William and Mary along with the second half of the "Collections" material from Houghton Mifflin.
     
     
     Persuasion     
     
     
     
    This unit highlights persuasion,especially as it relates to oral communication.Emphasis is placed on providing evidence for opinions.Students must give passages from literature to defend their points of view in discussions as well as in written arguments.Opportunities are presented for impromptu speeches,informative and persuasive speeches,debate,small and large group discussion,and critical listening skills.
    The literature for this unit  includes both conventional forms of persuasive text such as political speeches(Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address,Martin Luther King's " I have a Dream Speech") as well as novels and poems in which authors' or characters' persuasive intent manifests itself in more subtle ways.Many of the pieces in this unit have profound historical significance and in that way also address content learning in social studies.
    In addition to exploring persuasive elements in literature ,this unit also focuses on some key elements of  the  structure of  narrative story-telling that are not introduced in units designed for younger population:the inciting moment and the turning point.The structural elements are first introduced to the students in the analysis of the chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and are also addressed in the one act play,The Valiant.However ,the main opportunity for students to grapple with these elements is through the reading of the unit novels.
    Finally,the research component of this unit centers on the examination of the issue of censorship.In addition to using formal research methods to investigate two sides of this important issue,students will make an oral presentation of their opinions and supporting evidence at the end of the unit.