1st Edition

Encounters With Archetypes Integrated ELA Lessons for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grades 4-5

    262 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Encounters With Archetypes integrates the study of archetypes with the concept of encounters. This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and features accelerated content, creative products, differentiated tasks, engaging activities, and the use of in-depth analysis models to develop sophisticated skills in the language arts.

    Through the lens of encounter, students will examine the patterns, symbols, and motifs associated with common archetypes by analyzing fictional and informational texts, speeches, and visual media. Students will follow various archetype encounters with conflicts and challenges to explore questions such as “How do archetypes reflect the human experience?” and “How do archetypes reveal human strengths and weaknesses?"

    Ideal for gifted classrooms or gifted pull-out groups, the unit features texts from Sandra Cisneros, Louis Untermeyer, Rudyard Kipling, Emily Dickinson, and Maya Angelou; biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa, Jackie Robinson, Sally Ride, and Lin-Manuel Miranda; a speech from President Ronald Reagan; a novel study featuring Wonder by R. J. Palacio and/or Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan; and art from Pieter Bruegel.

    Grades 4-5


    Pretest, Pretest Rubric, Lesson 1 Understanding Encounters: Concept Introduction, Lesson 2 Understanding Archetypes and Their Origins, Lesson 3 Encounters With Character Archetypes, Lesson 4 Encounters With Our World and Ourselves, Lesson 5 Encounters With Situational Archetypes, Lesson 6 Encounters as Experiences, Lesson 7 Novel Study: Encounters With Archetypes, Lesson 8 Encounters With Symbolic Archetypes, Lesson 9 Encounters With Symbols, Images, and Visual Media, Lesson 10 Encounters With Art, Lesson 11 Writing Narratives With Archetypes, Lesson 12 Encounters With Archetypes Posttest, Posttest Rubric


    Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth and an Assistant Research Professor in Special Educaton at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. Her background includes 15 years experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services.

    Eric Fecht, Ed.D., is an educational consultant for Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. He supports a number of programs and special projects, including the Reading Academy at Vanderbilt.

    Kim Knauss currently serves as a gifted education middle school CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) teacher for grades 6-8 for the Shelby County, TN, school system.

    "Exceptionally well organized and presented, Encounters With Archetypes is especially recommended for school district in-service training curriculums, as well as college and university library Teacher Education collections and supplemental studies lists."

    Midwest Book Review, 4/15/19