Grade 7 Gifted Language Arts Syllabus
Gifted Language Arts 147
This is a differentiated Language Arts course for students with a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP). Although all gifted students may not be gifted in the area of Language Arts, research shows that gifted students benefit from learning together (Brulles, et al. 2010; Kulik, 2003; Rogers, 2002), and students identified as having high ability better understand and accept their learning differences when there are others in the class who share similar traits (Delisle & Galbraith, 2002). Learning together on a daily basis can encourage these students to pursue in-depth study of their interests.
This course focuses on:
Study is centered on developing the student’s writing skills through continual reading and writing activities. Students will learn to express themselves in various modes of writing, such as: Informative, Argumentative, Creative, and Expository. Students will be reading several forms of fiction including short stories, plays, magazines/newspapers, and novels. Oral presentation skills are developed through regular classroom presentations and discussions as well as through in-class projects. Writing topics will vary throughout the year with an emphasis on grammar and revision. Another main area of the course is vocabulary, particularly how to utilize new words in written and verbal contexts as well as preparation for the SAT.
7. Short Stories
8. Public Speaking
Required Textbooks and/or Other Reading/Research Materials
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Heath Grammar and Composition, Second Course.
Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Word Masters Vocabulary Challenge
Students are expected to come to class prepared with all necessary materials and complete all assignments on time. If a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to see make up missed work. Please refer to the policies in the student handbook for additional information.
Grades will be based on homework, quizzes, tests, projects, essays, participation, and writing responses.
Each marking period is worth 20% of a student’s overall grade. The midterm and final exam are each worth 10% of a student’s overall average:
Quarter 1 20%
Quarter 2 20%
Quarter 3 20%
Quarter 4 20%