Gifted Biographies, Gifted Readers!
Higher Order Thinking With Picture Book BiographiesBook - 2009
In our current emphasis on standardized testing and the basics in American education we are in danger of permanently dimming the light of inquiry and curiosity which shines from the eyes of our brightest children. The majority of children identified as gifted in most school settings are those who are academically talented. They are attentive and learn rapidly and easily. They enjoy learning and often tackle difficult subjects. These students conform to school structure and rules. However, a study of biography will reveal many individuals who were not successful as students, yet later used their gifts to the fullest. Albert Einstein, Stephen Spielberg and Roald Dahl to name but a few. This new book from writer and educator, Nancy Polette discusses how to use picture book biographies to help students recognize traits of giftedness that they possess themselves. Stretch young minds to creative and productive thought with some of the best picture book biographies currently available. Polette shows you how to promote critical thinking, and foster inquiry in students through building excitement for the reading experience and increasing students' active participation in learning. Included are over 90 annotated recommendations and open ended discussion questions for picture book biographies plus pages and pages of reproducible activities to promote critical thinking and inquiry.