SWAT: Students With Academic Talents
Gifted English I (Grade 9):
This course will exceed expectations for English I while simultaneously meeting the affective needs of the gifted. Research skills will be developed as students begin working with annotated bibliographies. Short Story elements are used to gain deeper knowledge of literature by analyzing plot, identifying symbolism, and recognizing theme. The At-Risk project is an interdisciplinary unit as students work in Communication Arts and their personal gifted areas. Real-World Problems/Challenges, content, theme, and research are focal points of each unit. The criteria for entrance into gifted classes are established by the state.
Gifted English II (Grade 10):
This course will exceed expectations for English II while simultaneously meeting the affective needs of the gifted. Research skills will be honed as students study the Real World Challenges of social issues and valid/invalid persuasive techniques. Modern drama, Shakespearean drama, and short stories are analyzed as students delve into theme and content. The English I Gifted At-Risk project is revisited when students take it to a higher level and put it into practice at district schools. Greek and Roman mythology will be introduced; however these folk tales will include international stories that are alluded to in literature. Higher-level critical thinking is encouraged. Students from this class will take the PLAN test in order to qualify for the Missouri Scholars Academy. Students who qualify will then undergo further IQ testing by district psychological examiners. Criteria for enrollment into gifted programs are established by the state.
Gifted American Literature (Grade 11):
This course will exceed expectations for American Literature while simultaneously meeting the affective needs of the gifted. Research is expanded to pursue contents, messages, and themes of American Literature and America's historical eras. Student learning is enhanced by American literature that includes the famous American writers, then broadens to include Native American poetry, African-American storytelling quilts, immigrants' literary impact, and contemporary multicultural American authors. Themes will be related to both the historical era and current issues. The At-Risk project is revisited as students chart the effectiveness of their programs, evaluate their results, and reorganize their models to achieve maximum success. Criteria for enrollment into gifted programs are established by the state.