At our school, we are focused on providing students with rich literary experiences. As a teacher of academically and intellectually gifted students, I am committed to putting complex, nuanced, and rigorous literary text into the hands of my students.
In our talent development programming our fifth graders interact with a variety of texts, take part in intellectual discourse through Paideia Seminars, analyze complex texts and author's craft, and are encouraged to ask thoughtful questions.
This particular novel study will serve as a backdrop to our annual school field trip to Washington D.C. as students walk upon the hallowed grounds of Monticello, Mount Vernon, the US Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial and many others. Please consider helping me to bring this pivotal time period alive for students as they are transported to the past in the pages of Laurie Halse Anderson's "Chains."
The novel "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson "is a compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual." This is a story of a young slave girl who must fight for freedom during the birth of our nation. This set of 50 novels will allow for a large-scale novel study among our academically and intellectually gifted fifth-grade students.
We know that gifted students must be enriched and challenged through quality, nuanced literature.
This novel not only aligns with the fifth-grade study of the American Revolution, but it also fulfills ALL of the components of text-complexity that we value in gifted education. This novel will lend itself to rich academic discourse, excellent writing opportunities, an analysis of authors' craft, a greater understanding of our nation's history, and a transformative examination of the strength of our human spirit.
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