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ERIC Number: ED081142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 40
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Teaching Gifted Students Literature in Grades Seven through Nine.
Covey, Barbara L.
Prepared for use by teachers of mentally gifted students in grades 7 through 9, the booklet offers a curriculum design for the teaching of literature. Considered is the difficult developmental stage in late childhood and early adolescence when children begin to assert their roles as individuals and often have no adult model other than the friendly disc jockey; and offered as a replacement for the contemporary media model are heroes in literature. The hero in literature is discussed in terms of folk literature and mythology, and outlined is a sample unit on Greek mythical heroes. Examined in relation to the Faust theme are legends, historical eras, and modern versions (such as "Rosemary's Baby"). Such aspects of the Prometheus theme as lack of understanding, the Promethean legend, Prometheus as scientist, and as prototype are discussed. Portrayed in three case studies to show how schools influence adjustment of the gifted are students such as David, whose fifth grade teacher-rescuer recognized his need to learn in a manner different from his classmates and described him as "a cat of another stripe who must learn to blend in with his surroundings, but only after his stripes have been recognized as valuable". Under the teacher's management, David learned to temper his histrionics sufficiently to write, act a major role in, and manage many details for two musicals; and later, became a promising college student with potential for achievement as actor, producer, singer, or television performer. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.