Authors: Emily Mofield, Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.
Product Code: 4829
ISBN: 9781618214829
Pages: 250
Availability: In stock.

In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the themes of truth and perception. Lessons include a major emphasis on rigorous evidence-based discourse through the study of common themes and content-rich, challenging informational and fictional texts. This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), applies concepts from Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" to guide students to discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art, and media.

Students engage in activities such as Socratic seminars, literary analyses, skits, and art projects, and creative writing to understand differing perceptions of reality. Lessons include close readings with text-dependent questions, choice-based differentiated products, rubrics, formative assessments, and ELA tasks that require students to analyze texts for rhetorical features, literary elements, and themes through argument, explanatory, and prose-constructed writing.

Ideal for pre-AP and honors courses, the unit features art from M.C. Escher and Vincent Van Gogh, short stories from Guy de Maupassant and Shirley Jackson, longer texts by Daniel Keyes and Ray Bradbury, and informational texts related to sociology, Nazi propaganda, and Christopher Columbus. This unit encourages students to translate learning to real-life contexts and problems by exploring themes of disillusionment, social deception, and the power of perception.

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by regina minnick
on 2/16/2016
from White House Middle School
Into the Mind's Eye Truth Vs. Perception
I am teaching 8th grade ELA, and this resource is exceptional! The "Allegory of the Cave" by Plato lesson was a fantastic success with my advanced block. I was shocked at how in-depth their thinking and discussion was! My students also loved "The Lottery", by Shirley Jackson. Very thought-provoking. These lessons and the resources included with each one initiate upper-level thinking skills nicely. The text-dependent questions for each lesson are so helpful. The templates/handouts with each lesson are brilliant guides- makes a teacher's job much easier! This book is a must-have for any teacher of gifted/advanced learners! 
by Paula Kiggins
on 1/12/2016
from Sumner County Schools Tennessee
Gifted Teacher
This is one of my all-time favorite resources to use in my gifted middle school classroom. I have been teaching Gifted Education for the past 23 years and I am so pleased to have all these superior, ready-to-use lessons in one book that I can utilize and share with my cohorts. Dr. Mofied and Dr. Stambaugh have compiled some of my favorite fictional texts with differentiated and rigorous analytical thinking and writing connections. This year I was introduced to the Literary Analysis Wheel and I am a believer.  We began the year with the discussional concept of truth while reading "Allegory of the Cave" and "The Lottery" and my 6-8 grade students rose above and beyond the challenge.  Thank you for such a riveting guide for advanced education loaded with models, charts, organizers, and rubrics. 
by Jason Tomlinson
on 1/8/2016
from Gallatin, Tennessee
Remarkable Resource
As a middle school gifted teacher of five years, I have not encountered a better resource for meeting the needs of my students than this book. Dr. Stambaugh and Dr. Mofield have done gifted classrooms across Tennessee and the whole country a great service by providing this wonderful treasure for us teachers. I highly recommend it for any gifted teacher or any any advanced ELA teacher. You won't be disappointed. 
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Review by: Ian Byrd, - April 14, 2017
My favorite thing about these books is their organization around abstract themes and their use of classic literature and art to support the theme. Fantastic use of differentiation strategies that go broad as well as deep.

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