Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons
Activities and Extensions for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grade 5
This book, from the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, provides gifted and advanced learners challenging activities to master and engage with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts through four mini units. Each mini unit is packed with activities that enrich and extend grade-level ELA content for grade 5. Included texts have messages and characters that are developmentally suitable for students. Through higher order reasoning questions, resulting discussions, and student-created products associated with these texts, gifted and advanced students' needs are met while still maintaining messages and characters to which students can relate. Students will be exposed to themes such as the hero's journey, success from failure, journey as a symbol for change, and conflict. Each theme was chosen with advanced fifth-grade students in mind and their emerging need to learn more about themselves, their world, and how to work through adversity to accomplish their goals.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION 1 Unit I: Journey to Success From Failure Lesson 1.1: Creating Questions to Solve Problems Lesson 1.2: Taking Note of Note-Taking Lesson 1.3: Finding the Right Words Lesson 1.4: Sharing Ideas With Infographics Unit I: Culminating Essay Prompt Unit II: The Hero’s Journey Lesson 2.1: A Hero Is Born Lesson 2.2: The Hero’s Journey Revealed Lesson 2.3: Stops Along the Way Lesson 2.4: Hero’s Journey: The Battle Between Good and Evil Lesson 2.5: What Is the Author’s Message? Unit II: Culminating Essay Prompt Unit III: Journey Into Conflict Lesson 3.1: Setting the Scene: New York During the American Revolution Lesson 3.2: Who’s Who in the American Revolution? Lesson 3.3: The Inner and Outer Conflicts Caused by War Lesson 3.4: Conflicting Reports Lesson 3.5: Reporting the Revolution Unit III: Culminating Essay Prompt Unit IV: Journey as a Symbol for Change Lesson 4.1: Reasons for the Journey Lesson 4.2: The Informational Text Highway Lesson 4.3: Voices Against Oppression Lesson 4.4: Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement Unit IV: Culminating Essay Prompt ANSWER KEY REFERENCES ABOUT THE AUTHOR COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT
The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.
Overall, Fitzsimmons provides a variety of activities grounded in the Common Core State Standards. She truly does supply ready-to-use lessons with the exception of student copies of the text exemplars. These units of study would provide rigor, in my opinion, for the gifted or advanced students that are often overlooked in our classrooms.,Donna Wall,MiddleWeb, 11/17/16