In Texas, Gifted and Talented students from Kindergarten on up are provided with the Texas Performance Standards Project, which provides several units to choose from and follow throughout the course of each school year. This 364 page unit is based on the primary and intermediate tasks provided in the "Animal Nation," "Who's Who: A Study of Biography," "Building A Business: Games and Toys," "A Gift of Age," and the "Story Quilting" units.
A syllabus and the activities based on the suggestions and questions provided in each of the five units have been created to steadily pace the students and guide them throughout their research and the crediting of their findings. The research and the crediting of their sources/works cited are based on APA format.
Many educators question the need for young children to learn how to cite their sources, but exposure is the key. Early on, students need to know that when they borrow several people's work, it is called research. When students use someone else's words without giving the author credit, it is called plagiarism.Therefore, this unit provides brainstorming activities and guided practice on the structure of citing sources that will get them ready for their final presentation.
An editable cover sheet and syllabus for each of the five units are included so that educators can make their adjustments on when they will provide students with the activities and assignments found in the curriculum and how much they will value each assignment/activity.
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