Gifted and Talented Grades 6-12
The Power of Perspective
Who cares?: Using real-world perspectives to engage academically gifted learners
Developing Perspective Through Icons
Building Depth and Complexity Through Multiple Perspectives
Combining Depth and Complexity Icons
How do perspectives change over time?
Building the case for informational texts
Differentiating instruction can be thought of as a means of providing opportunity — deepening and broadening the content that may be explored in a classroom as well as providing a range of formats in which students can learn and demonstrate their knowledge.3 Using informational text is one means of differentiating content and offering new avenues for process and assessment.
The term informational texts, also referred to as nonfiction trade books or non-narrative texts, includes factual books that are neither textbooks nor reference materials. These may include content-based books in science, social studies, and fine arts areas, biographies and autobiographies, and books made up of narrative text woven with factual information usually targeted for young children. For adults, it is estimated that eighty-six percent of reading is drawn from factual text to gather information.1 It is not surprising, then, that developing skills that build comprehension from informational text and have been cited as an “urgent priority” currently lacking in literacy curriculum and instruction.2
Multiple Perspectives: Reading Informational Text Grades 11-12
Engaging Students in Informational Text through Debate
Debate- Democracy in Action
Debate and the Common Core
Debate Across the Disciplines
Debate and Persuasive Writing