My students come from a variety of backgrounds and interest levels. I strive to make learning fun for all of my students, but also extend and stretch the developing abilities of my advanced and GT students. My students love being read to and love reading in general.
My advanced reading class is full of students wanting more than the average 4th grade reading class.
We focus on character development, inferencing, summarizing and vocabulary.
Many of my students are already avid readers, but in my class, I like to challenge my students to try different genres and novels that they might not typically choose. To meet the needs of my advanced and GT readers, I choose above grade level, high interest novels to read and study.
Students will use a novel to practice and master grade level and above grade level reading skills and expose them to a genre that many might not choose on their own.
Having a class set of the novel, The Dragon of Lonely Island, for students to use and take home will allow students more flexibility in the completion of their novel study.
They will not have to share a novel with other students, giving them more freedom to read and explore.
Investing in my advanced/GT students will allow them to show their advanced skills and creativity in their own way. Many times, these students are overlooked, not having their specific learning needs met. By participating in a novel study just for them, I am fostering their gifts in reading as well as addressing their need for above level instruction.
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