The CLEAR curriculum, developed by the University of Virginia's National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, is an evidence-based teaching model that emphasizes Challenge Leading to Engagement, Achievement, and Results. In Research and Rhetoric: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 5, students will engage in a systematic study of rhetoric as contemplated by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Students will answer the question: When do you appeal to one's intellect, to emotions, or perhaps to one's sense of morality when trying to persuade? In the research unit, students will learn and employ advanced research skills from crafting open-ended research questions and discerning between reliable sources. They will carry out their own research study and present findings at a research gala. These units focus on critical literacy skills including reading diverse texts, understanding a speaker's or author's perspective, and understanding an audience's perspective.
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This book reminded me of an all-inclusive trip to a resort. Everything and anything you need to teach students about research and public speaking is included. There aren't any “hidden charges.” Each lesson began with the materials needed, objectives, sequence of activities, formative assessments, handouts galore, ideas for homework, and digital resources.
The authors have created a must-read for teachers who have been wondering how to foster creativity and increase student engagement while teaching research and persuasive writing. It is a book that guides teachers to encourage good research practices which are critical for our students to succeed in the 21st century. It's a must read for teachers who want to develop responsible learners and will be useful across the student spectrum.,Linda Biondi,Middleweb, 2/25/16