The Best Language Arts Curriculum for Gifted Students
The Best Language Arts Curriculum for Gifted Students
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Gifted and advanced students often need supplemental or separate curriculum that adequately challenges them and provides them with opportunities to think critically and develop strong communication skills. There are many great resources out there for finding advanced language arts curriculum, and we’ve compiled a handy guide to some of the best ones!

  • Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program. This series of advanced reading curriculum provides teacher’s guides and workbooks for all grade levels and types of literature. With nonfiction, fiction, and poetry units, learning extends beyond the classroom and helps students connect with their texts, peers, and social-emotional needs.

  • Advanced Curriculum From Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth. These units support students' acquisition of textual and media analysis skills, higher level thinking abilities, and understanding of English language arts and other disciplines in grades 2–8. Each unit has an overarching theme that engages critical thinking and allows students to see relationships between different texts, media, and perspectives.

  • CLEAR Curriculum Units From the University of Virginia. These texts use the CLEAR curriculum, an evidence-based teaching model that emphasizes Challenge Leading to Engagement, Achievement, and Results. Each book in the series focuses on critical literacy that includes reading diverse sources, understanding bias and cultural contexts, and creating informed consumers of information.

  • Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons: Activities and Extensions for Gifted and Advanced Learners. From the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, these units provide gifted and advanced learners with challenging activities to master and engage with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Students in grades 3–8, through higher order reasoning questions, resulting discussions, and student-created products, can learn more about themselves, their world, and how to work through adversity to accomplish their goals.