The CLEAR curriculum, developed by 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 Fiction and Nonfiction: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 4, students will read and analyze short stories and write their own short story in the fiction unit. In the nonfiction unit, students will study nonfiction (and creative nonfiction) texts to examine how writers use many of the same devices to tell nonfiction stories. Students will read a variety of texts and will write their own memoirs. These units focus on critical literacy skills, including reading diverse content, understanding texts as reflections of culture, and finding bias in fiction and nonfiction.
Carolyn M. Callahan, Ph.D., professor in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, also is associate director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She teaches courses in the area of education of the gifted, and is executive director of the Summer Enrichment Program. Dr. Callahan has authored more than 130 articles, 25 book chapters and monographs in gifted education focusing on creativity, the identification of gifted students, program evaluation, and the issues faced by gifted females. Dr. Callahan has received recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member in the Commonwealth of Virginia and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a past-president of The Association for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children. She also sits on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review.
Tracy C. Missett, Ph.D, is an assistant professor at the University of Montana Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, where she holds the Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Professorship in Gifted Education.
Acknowledgments Part I: Introduction and Using the CLEAR Curriculum Units Introduction Using the CLEAR Curriculum Units Part II: Unit Plans Unit 1: Finding Your Place in Fiction Lesson 1: Welcome to Fiction Lesson 2: Setting Lesson 3: Setting, Continued Lesson 4: Characters Lesson 5: Characterization Lesson 6: Dialogue Lesson 7: Point of View Lesson 8: Point of View, Continued Lesson 9: Conflict Lesson 10: Audience Lesson 11: Plot Lesson 12: Openings Lesson 13: Published Works and Genres Lesson 14:Final Story Workshops Lesson 15: Publication and Author Event Unit 2: Memories, Memoir, and Me Lesson 1: Introduction to Nonfiction Lesson 2: Looking Through the Lens Lesson 3: Get Informed Lesson 4: Biography: Sequencing Versus a Single Event Lesson 5: Autobiography: Interviewing an Expert Lesson 6: Introduction to Memoir Lesson 7: Focusing on a Memory, Event, or Relationship Lesson 8: Examining an Event Lesson 9: Showing, Not Telling Lesson 10: Framing Your Topic Lesson 11: What's the Point Lesson 12: Author's Craft Lesson 13: Writing Workshop: Prewriting and First Drafts Lesson 14: Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing Lesson 15: Writing Workshop: Peer Review and Final Drafts Lesson 16: Memoir Museum References Appendices: Unit Resources Appendix A: Unit 1 Resources Appendix B: Unit 2 Resources About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment