Grade 7

  • Grade 7

    Gifted Academic Literacy

     Gifted Language Arts

     Mrs. Lori Frasch

    Southern Lehigh Middle School Rm. 125

    610-282-3700 ext. 6125


    I. Introduction

    A.    Classroom policies/procedures reflect school policies/procedures found in student’s agenda book

       1. Be Prepared, Be Respectful, Be On Time 

    B.    Communication

              1.Teacher Website - narrative of the day’s events can be found under Classroom News

                       2.Sapphire – please make sure both parent and student can access 


             C. Move to Paperless Classroom  - Student laptops are not connected to printer.                  


    II. Course Overview

    Although all gifted students may not be gifted in the content area of reading and 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 abilities 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 studies of their interests.

    A. Course Description: Gifted Academic Literacy
    This Academic Literacy course is for students with a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP). In this course, students explore a variety of reading materials used to expand nonfiction reading and research skills, comprehension, and interest. They are exposed to reading strategies that promote best practices as well as established philosophies. In order to solidify these critical reading skills and grow as independent readers, this course provides opportunities for students to practice literacy skills and strategies in conjunction with developing writing skills. Students are also offered opportunities to participate in independent and collaborative interest driven research projects.

    Course Content:

    1. Reading Nonfiction: Text Features/Text Structures, Reading Apprenticeship Strategies
    2. Biographies/Autobiographies
    3. Informational Writing/Research
    4. Social and Emotional Aspects of Being Gifted
    5. Public Speaking/Presentation Skills

    Textbooks and Reading/Research Materials may include:

    • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
    • A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink
    • Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes – Bronze level
    • Che Guevara: You Win or You Die by Stuart A. Kallen
    • Chew on this by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
    • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
    • My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
    • Outcasts United by Warren St. John
    • Maya: A Simulation of Mayan Civilization by Interact
    • Phineas Gage by John Fleischman
    • Study Island
    • Scholastic Scope Magazines
    • Student Self-Selected Titles
    • Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery
    • The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
    • The Gifted Teen Survival Guide by Judy Galbraith M.A., Ph.D. Jim Delisle
    • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David Oliver Relin
    • Where am I Eating?  By Kelsey Timmerman

    B. Course Description: Gifted Language Arts

    This Language Arts course for students with a Gifted Individualized Education Plan (GIEP).  This course focuses on developing students’ abilities to clearly and effectively express themselves in various forms of written and oral communication as well as expanding the students’ abilities to recognize and analyze evidence in order to form conclusions. The course also hopes to enhance the students appreciate and understanding of literature and poetry. 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.

    Course Content:


    2.     Vocab

    3.     Writing

    4.     Poetry

    5.     Novels

    6.     Journalism

    7.     Short Stories

    8.     Public Speaking


    Textbooks and Reading Materials may include:

    • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
    • Heath Grammar and Composition, Second Course
    • Junior Great Books Roundtable Series: Level 3. Great Books Foundation, 2010
    • Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes  
    • Student Self-Selected Titles
    • Study Island
    • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
    • Word Masters Vocabulary Challenge


    III. Assessment

    A. Everything counts

                      1.Examples include, but not limited to…

                              quizzes, tests, writing assignments, letter-essays,

                              warm ups, class participation, homework, projects,


    2. Point system

                a.  Homework and in-class assignments: 5 points     

                1) Late assignments will be accepted for 2.5 points up to 2 days past due

         b. Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Presentations

                1) Rubric or grade sheet will be distributed with each assignment