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ERIC Number: ED455659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Creative Strategies for Teaching Language Arts to Gifted Students (K-8). ERIC Digest E612.
Smutny, Joan Franklin
This digest paper presents strategies and activities that can be used to encourage gifted students to develop their individual talents in the language arts. Suggestions for exploring poetic language especially free verse, include ideas for creating group poems and catalysts for creating individual poems. Suggestions for exploring the elements of fiction include encouraging divergent thinking about stories and using fairy tales with slightly altered characters to explore fiction. Suggestions for the study of biography and historical fiction address helping students research the facts and trying to describe an event from the perspective of various real or imaginary individuals. These types of activities are thought to develop creative writing, composing, and dramatizing skills as well as the higher level thinking skills of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. (DB)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 North Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5709. Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll Free); Fax: 703-620-2521; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Arlington, VA.