Challenging comprehension tasks are needed for the advanced/gifted student. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy levels, this series of booklets can be used in literacy stations or as individual tasks to challenge students’ thinking skills by using analysis and creativity to enhance their understanding of their reading. As all gifted information indicates, advanced/gifted students need to incorporate “products” that include application, evaluation, and creativity in their work. Teachers inserted the task sheets into plastic sleeves which ensured they could be used over and over. The tasks cover all comprehension areas in a strong reading program. (See Tables of Contents in the booklets.)
These tasks were developed in a school that had a small number of students in a classroom that needed “next level” thinking tasks. With the included graded rubrics, differentiating for these students made it easier on the teacher to incorporate a variety of comprehension tasks and still easily get a grade if needed. The word “comprehension” was entered into the grade reporting form, so differentiated activities could all go in the same graded column. These tasks have “advanced” written on them to let both the students and parents know that differentiated work was assigned.
Success was evident in more and more students achieving “advanced” scores on state testing.