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ERIC Number: ED474306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Differentiating the Language Arts for High Ability Learners, K-8. ERIC Digest.
Van Tassel-Baska, Joyce
This digest discusses the need for differentiating language arts instruction for gifted students in grades K-8. It begins by describing differentiation approaches, including acceleration, depth, complexity, challenges, and creativity. It then explains how teachers can differentiate the language arts curriculum in the following five areas: (1) literature, including providing many experiences for students to read quality texts and emphasizing critical reading; (2) writing, including empathizing the development of skills in expository and persuasive writing; (3) language skills, including emphasizing the understanding of word relationships and origins, and the development of an appreciation for semantics, linguistics, and the history of language; (4) oral communication, including developing skills in evaluative listening, debate, and discussion; and (5) foreign language, including promoting early foreign language study and acceleration of language study. The final part of the digest explores individual differences among verbally talented students and presents two vignettes to portray the differences that exist in gifted learners who are the same age and exhibit aptitude in verbal areas. It is concluded that educators responsible for planning language art programs for high ability learners need to consider multiple variables in the areas of differentiation approach, content, and individual differences among gifted learners. (CR)
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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.