Capstone/Dissertation Title

The power of communication: using curriculum to foster twenty-first century literacy skills in gifted students

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone was dedicated to the development of curriculum for a middle school Language Arts classroom. The research question addressed was, how can an advertising unit foster twenty-first century literacy skills in gifted students? Current research points to a shift in literacy along with reading, writing, speaking, and listening, collaboration, social & global awareness, and information & technology literacy are becoming increasingly important in today's world. Additionally, many researchers believe that the twenty-first century literacy skills fit well in what has already been determined as best practice for gifted students. This capstone reflects these trends. The curriculum developed in this paper asks students to develop two advertising campaigns in two different cultures for one existing product. Included in this capstone are sample lesson plans and the author's reflections on the implementation of the unit.

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