Gifted

  • These course offerings are available to those identified to receive WGSD Gifted Program services.

    9060  GIFTED & TALENTED 9
    Credit: 1 unit                 
    Open to Grade: 9
    Gifted 9 is a language arts course for freshmen identified as gifted. Its purpose is to immerse gifted students in literature, writing assignments, activities, and projects that will challenge them while addressing their unique learning styles and affective needs. Freshman English is a foundations course, so students will study the foundations of literature and the English language. Therefore, this course will cover such basics as folklore and the epic, Greek and Shakespearean tragedy, the mystery novel and Gothic literature, science fiction and rhetoric. Relevant historical and cultural material will be addressed as well, in order that students may better understand overarching themes and archetypal patterns. Emphasis will also be placed on grammar (particularly sentence structure, clarity, and punctuation), writing styles, and vocabulary (word origins, analogy-building, and ACT/SAT test prep). The largest assignment of the year is the I-Search research project, which involves out-of-school job-shadowing. It will be completed in the second semester. Students are required to read four books over the summer. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    9070  GIFTED & TALENTED 10
    Credit: 1 unit
    Open to Grade: 10
    Gifted 10 is a language arts course for sophomores identified as gifted. Its purpose is to immerse gifted students in literature, writing assignments, activities, and projects that will challenge them while addressing their unique learning styles and affective needs. Students will study the literary and cultural movements of Europe, beginning with the Anglo-Saxon Era and moving chronologically forward to address the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and the Romantic and Victorian Eras. They will study seminal literary works and artistic forms from each time period, including the epic Beowulf, Dante’s Inferno, Macbeth, Candide, Ivanhoe, and A Tale of Two Cities. Relevant cultural and historical background will also be addressed along the way to increase understanding of literary trends and genres. Grammar instruction is weekly, addressing in particular review of all material from the previous year as well as advanced sentence structure and diagramming. Vocabulary instruction will consist of test preparation, etymological studies, and analogy building. The largest assignment of the year is the persuasive research project, which will be completed in the second semester and will ask students to participate in experiential learning. Students are required to read four books over the summer. 

    Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    3700  AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE (GIFTED 11)
    Credit:  1 unit
    Open to Grade:  11
    Juniors in the Gifted and Talented Program will study fiction and non-fiction texts with emphasis on American authors and essayists, along with advanced composition and rhetorical strategies. This course focuses on critical thinking and literary analysis. Attention will also be given to students’ affective needs and present areas of interest. Some cross-disciplinary study will occur, particularly with history and the humanities. In addition, students may expect continued work in grammar and vocabulary in preparation for college admissions tests. Students are required to read four books over the summer. At the conclusion of this course, students will have the option to take the AP exam in Language and Composition. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade. College credit will be available.

    3710  AP ENGLISH LITERATURE (GIFTED 12)
    Credit:  1 unit                      
    Open to Grade:  12
    Seniors in the Gifted and Talented Program read and critically analyze four genres of American and British literature: nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry. Particular emphasis will be placed on critical, structural, and literary analysis within the context of historical, philosophical, and cultural lenses. Students will write in various modes, including in-class timed essays, critical essays, as well as poetry, narrative, and personal reflection. Students are required to read three novels over the summer, and early in the year, particular emphasis is placed on drafting, revising, and submitting the college essay. College credit is available for the class  through the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and at the conclusion of the course, students may elect to sit for the AP English Literature and Composition exam. Note: This course will count as a weighted grade.

    8025 GIFTED US GOVERNMENT
    Credit: 1/2 unit
    Open to Grade: 9
    This course is designed to introduce students to the study of our national and state governments.  Students will investigate political parties, interest groups, elections, individual freedoms and the institutions of our government even further. Students will not only study the history, structure, and roles of our governmental institutions, but they will also apply their knowledge in several performance based activities and projects. Students must pass the course and state-required exams on the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions to graduate.

    8950  GIFTED PROBLEM SOLVING AND ADVANCED RESEARCH TOPICS IN SOCIAL STUDIES
    Credit:  1/2 unit                                 
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    Prerequisite: Gifted Identification
    Students will study self-selected topics from a variety of perspectives – philosophical, historical, anthropological, sociological, economic and scientific. Students will use a variety of real world assets to solve real world problems. Advanced research techniques will be taught along with opportunities for self-actualization.  Some possible topics include: logic and language, architecture and urban planning, biomedical research, games and game theory.

    9120  GIFTED ACADEMIC LAB       
    Credit:  1 unit                           
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    Academic Lab provides an opportunity for students to receive additional tutoring and academic support on a daily basis. Teachers are available to students in each lab to provide assistance with regular class work, provide study tips, address affective needs, and monitor grades. Counselors and administrators will occasionally work with students regarding scheduling, college and career planning, and other school-related issues.

    The Gifted Academic Lab is unique in that a Gifted certified teacher who knows the students well will be present to work with them. This teacher will aid particularly by meeting the affective needs of gifted individuals who might otherwise struggle. While the lab is open to all individuals in the gifted program, those who need a smaller, quieter setting and more scaffolding and assistance will benefit the most.