Language Arts for the Gifted Student
Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
-- Francis Bacon
The verbal nature of most school programs places primary focus on language development of the gifted. To some extent this focus simply reflects the bookish orientation of formal education. Perhaps more important is the continuing, and probably increasing, significance of verbal and symbolic factors both in scholarly and business endeavors. The growing demand for more formal education in many vocational and professional fields places increasing weight upon more effective language skills for the gifted. This chapter will consider aspects of language arts in elementary and secondary schools including the foreign language program.
Many intellectually gifted children enter the first grade at six years of age already reading. Some are already reading when they enter kindergarten at five. Others who have the capacity for early reading are not