Lisa Perez

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Tomlinson, Carl M.

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B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


Educating gifted and talented students has become a difficult task for teachers. This capstone examines the various methods used to identify gifted students and their needs. Programs and schools that offer assistance in educating gifted students are introduced and explained in detail. The Gifted and Talented: Children with Unlimited Horizons presents the method of using a literature curriculum that highlights children's tradebooks as a way to enhance the learning experience for gifted students. Included in the capstone is a booklist of children's tradebooks, summaries and extensions of these books for a model 4th grade social studies curriculum. To gather information a variety of sources were consulted. I solicited copies of various magazines and journals that specialized in educating the gifted and providing support services for them. I researched the topic in literature sources that concentrated on the study of gifted education. I also searched the Internet for schools that provided gifted education across the country. I found that many gifted students are lost in the shuffle of regular education. Too frequently, the gifted are not challenged and never reach their full potential. By using tradebooks to enrich and supplement the curriculum, teachers can tap into the learning potential of these children.


Includes bibliographical references.


31 pages, 15 unnumbered pages




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