The Gifted and Talented courses in English engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The middle-school Gifted and Talented English classes support and prepare students for high school AP English courses and the AP English Literature and Composition exams.
With advanced college preparation in mind, the pace and rigor of Gifted and Talented classes is strenuous. Extra reading and writing assignments are scattered throughout the year, beyond the scope of a traditional Language Arts course.
The Gifted and Talented course provides students with a more rigorous opportunity to analyze a variety of literature genres. Students are required to read and analyze both classic and contemporary novels as well as non-fiction selections, participate in thematic units, conduct in-depth research, complete individual and group projects, and write extensively throughout the year. The increased pace of the Gifted and Talented class allows for additional research and creative activities. Saturday tutorial time aids in the successful completion of the courses “creative” components. The emphasis on critical thinking skills prepares students for high school AP English courses and the AP English Literature and Composition exams, which are components of the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP).
Students continue to develop their reading, writing, and editing skills. They will come to class prepared, complete assignments on time, and behave appropriately for a classroom environment. Gifted and Talented students will have the opportunity to attend after-school and Saturday tutorials to work on their Challenge of the Mind project.
All students need a white three-ring binder with dividers (I actually have plenty of these so don't go buy one), notebook paper, pens, pencils, and highlighters... Your basic school supplies. GT students are know for going above and beyond when it comes to school supplies.