Developing Verbal Talent

Developing Verbal Talent

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This extraordinary new work focuses on developing a language arts curriculum for high ability learners in grades K-8. It brings together some of the most experienced and renowned educational experts who are deeply involved in finding ways to restore excellence in our nation's classrooms. The book is, in part, the outgrowth of the curriculum development project in the language arts funded through the Jacob Javits Act. A central theme of the book is the process of talent development. It discusses how to recognize gifted children and how to provide opportunities for them to enhance their talents. The book describes a curriculum framework for language arts development that emphasizes analytical and interpretive reading skills, persuasive writing, debate and oral communication, evaluative listening, reasoning, and linguistic competency. The curriculum approach is interdisciplinary, and it encourages students to use higher-level thinking skills - to analyze what they read, write, and say. Although the book focuses on high-ability learners, it also describes how techniques found effective with gifted learners can be used for all students.In studying the impact of World War II on American thought and culture in the interdisciplinary unit Literature of the 1940a#39;s: A Decade of Change, students discover some of our American heritage and social history through ... Langston Hughes and other Black writers and poets bring to life the struggle of African Americans fighting for liberty, equality, and democracy not only on the ... Thus, teachers can guide students on social inquiries into our pluralistic culture and human heritage.

Title:Developing Verbal Talent
Author: Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Dana T. Johnson, Linda Neal Boyce
Publisher:Allyn & Bacon - 1996

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