Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers: A Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Educators

Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers: A Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Educators

by Vicki Caruana


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Gifted and accelerated readers are often not a part of reading instruction in a traditional or inclusive classroom. Their needs go unattended in favor of those who struggle with basic reading and foundational skills. All children should have the opportunity to grow in their knowledge and skills in literacy. This book provides teachers who have one or more gifted/accelerated or those who are "keenly interested" students in their class ways in which they can differentiate reading instruction that is equitable.

Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers provides educators with practical, research-based strategies and advice to address the unique needs of gifted readers. Attention to required specially designed instruction that aligns to both the content standards and the NAGC PreK-12 Gifted Programming Standards ensures that gifted readers make progress through literacy instruction.

This book provides insight and expertise to general education teachers, teachers of the gifted, special education teachers, homeschool educators, professional developers, and higher education faculty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475847109
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2019
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 368,751
Product dimensions: 6.03(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Dr. Vicki Caruana is professor of education and Gifted Graduate Program Coordinator at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. She taught gifted students in the K–12 environment in the areas of literacy and science and coordinated a middle school magnet program for gifted students in Florida.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: How to Use this Book
Chapter 2: Overview of Literacy Instruction
Chapter 3: Fact or Fiction about Gifted Readers
Chapter 4: Characteristics of Gifted Readers
Chapter 5: Reading Program Goals: Creative Reading
Chapter 6: Reading Program Goals: Critical Reading
Chapter 7: Reading Program Goals: Inquiry Reading
Chapter 8: Flexible Grouping
A Final Word about Differentiation and Gifted Readers
About the Author

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Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers: A Guide for Elementary and Secondary School Educators 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Every teacher should read this book, Kindergarten through College! As a Gifted and Talented Coordinator and educator for 34 years, I have seen first hand the magic produced when gifted children receive challenging instruction that encourages and allows them to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. I have used many of the strategies outlined in this book, and they accomplish just that, engaged gifted students enjoying the opportunity to fly and learn more about themselves in the process! Gifted kids will blow you away with what they produce if given the opportunity. This book is filled with easy to understand, effective strategies you can implement tomorrow. Buy one today. Your gifted students deserve quality instruction, and they will be forever grateful!
Anonymous 15 days ago
As a former high school English teacher and GATE program coordinator, I wish I had had such an accessible book to help me differentiate lessons and coach other teachers. Caruana moves quickly beyond the issues of teaching and reaching the gifted to offer specific ways educators can teach and create meaningful assignments. As the mother of four gifted children, I would also recommend this book to parents to help them understand their children better and advocate for stronger programs for their students.
Michaela_Summer 25 days ago
“Emphasis shouldn’t be on making readers but on helping gifted readers to advance their reading abilities, to synthesize what they already know, and to make deep conversations.” “Teachers should challenge gifted and talented readers by using instructional grouping and enabling students to read more advanced content in their areas of interest.” “Whether gifted readers are served in a traditional or inclusive classroom or in a gifted classroom, magnet program, or separate school, their needs as readers who require advanced instruction are better met when they are grouped in a purposeful way.” Above are three quotes taken directly out of Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers written by Dr. Vicki Caruana. These three quotes explicitly paint the picture for the novel. As a recent college graduate and educator, I felt like my education lacked in the field of giftedness. Once I was introduced to the novel Literacy Strategies for Gifted and Accelerated Readers, I was adamant to begin reading it and expand my knowledge in literacy strategies for gifted children. This novel exceeded my expectations. Prior to reading the book I was unsure and unwary about how to treat the combined situation as a first year educator and the possibility of gifted children in my future classroom. After reading the novel I now feel more educated on gifted education. Dr. Vicki Caruana provides a wonderful guide that allows you to understand what it means to focus on reading to learn, not learning to read. The novel is a quick read filled with useful information and scenarios that allow you “think outside of the box” and envision the situation while reading about different outcomes. This novel is filled with great information, concrete examples, and research based strategies for gifted and accelerated learners. I highly recommend this book to every educator from preschool to high school. Whether you are in college studying to be an educator, a first year educator, or 20th year educator, this novel will enhance your education and provide you with the tools on literacy strategies for gifted and accelerated readers!