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In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the relationship between truth and perception. Developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, this unit applies concepts from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to help students discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art, and media In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the relationship between truth and perception. Developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, this unit applies concepts from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to help students discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art, and media. Students engage in activities such as Socratic seminars, literary analyses, skits, art, and creative writing to understand differing perceptions of reality. The unit features art from MC Escher and Vincent Van Gogh, short stories from Guy de Maupassant and Shirley Jackson, longer texts by Daniel Keyes and Ray Bradbury, and informational texts related to sociology, Nazi propaganda, and Christopher Columbus. Aligned to Common Core standards for ELA, this unit encourages students to translate learning to real-life contexts and problems by exploring themes of disillusionment, social deception, and the power of perception.


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In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the relationship between truth and perception. Developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, this unit applies concepts from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to help students discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art, and media In the Mind's Eye: Truth Versus Perception invites students on a philosophical exploration of the relationship between truth and perception. Developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth, this unit applies concepts from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” to help students discover how reality is presented and interpreted in fiction, nonfiction, art, and media. Students engage in activities such as Socratic seminars, literary analyses, skits, art, and creative writing to understand differing perceptions of reality. The unit features art from MC Escher and Vincent Van Gogh, short stories from Guy de Maupassant and Shirley Jackson, longer texts by Daniel Keyes and Ray Bradbury, and informational texts related to sociology, Nazi propaganda, and Christopher Columbus. Aligned to Common Core standards for ELA, this unit encourages students to translate learning to real-life contexts and problems by exploring themes of disillusionment, social deception, and the power of perception.

34 review for In the Mind’s Eye: Truth Versus Perception: Common Core ELA Lessons for Gifted and Advanced Learners in Grades 6-8

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maurer

    This is a stellar textbook for challenging students! I used it to teach 6-8 Advanced Language Arts students and I found the material challenging and engaging! Plus, it is really easy to use! In fact, I ended up loving it so much that I bought myself a copy of the textbook so I would always have one. A great and challenging text for any teacher who is looking to challenge an upper group of middle schoolers. One negative note is that the students dreaded doing the analysis wheels; however, they wer This is a stellar textbook for challenging students! I used it to teach 6-8 Advanced Language Arts students and I found the material challenging and engaging! Plus, it is really easy to use! In fact, I ended up loving it so much that I bought myself a copy of the textbook so I would always have one. A great and challenging text for any teacher who is looking to challenge an upper group of middle schoolers. One negative note is that the students dreaded doing the analysis wheels; however, they were beneficial in them understanding text and artwork.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Starcatchers

    In the Mind’s eye Truth Versus Perception is an Advanced Curriculum From Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth. The authors Emily Mofield, ED.D., and Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. created a common core state standards aligned lesson guide for the more gifted student that focuses on thinking beyond surface and finding the truth and the perception of different media. As I look through the table of contents I quickly see familiar stories, authors, and artwork. My first impression is that som In the Mind’s eye Truth Versus Perception is an Advanced Curriculum From Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth. The authors Emily Mofield, ED.D., and Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. created a common core state standards aligned lesson guide for the more gifted student that focuses on thinking beyond surface and finding the truth and the perception of different media. As I look through the table of contents I quickly see familiar stories, authors, and artwork. My first impression is that someone has finally written coursework that integrates all aspects of creating thought. Each lesson follows a typical and basic format but the content of each piece is creatively put forth to the student. Goals/Objectives (Content goals, Process goals, Concept goals), Accelerated CCSS ELA Standards (where the lesson falls in the standards), Materials needed and most are available online, and Introductory Activities that cause you to think about what you are seeing and how you are perceiving and making judgments based on your first reactions. The lesson continues with viewing a piece of work art or literature and a visual analysis with handouts provided. There are sample answers to the questions given so you have a direction to help a student that might not be understand what you are asking. In-Class activities to deepen learning are also provided. Concept Connections, a choice-based differentiated project, ELA practice task, and a formative Assessment finish up the student portions. The book also provides a rubric for grading. As a home school teacher, I have always had opinions of what could be better about the curriculum available and often end up creating something on my own within the guidelines that are wanted at the time. However, I have never seen a curriculum like this. It is easy to understand for us average teachers and advanced enough to really engage the student into learning. Instead of force feeding facts and expecting the children to regurgitate them to us on tests. I am impressed at the use of many forms of expressions such as poetry, artwork, and short story and a novel. As well as touching on many subjects such as history, art, ELA, Psychology, and more. This is a great curriculum that I would highly recommend. I received this book free for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    As a middle school gifted teacher of five years, I have not encountered a better resource for meeting the needs of my students than this book. Dr. Stambaugh and Dr. Mofield have done gifted classrooms across Tennessee and the whole country a great service by providing this wonderful treasure for us teachers. I highly recommend it for any gifted teacher or any any advanced ELA teacher. You won't be disappointed. As a middle school gifted teacher of five years, I have not encountered a better resource for meeting the needs of my students than this book. Dr. Stambaugh and Dr. Mofield have done gifted classrooms across Tennessee and the whole country a great service by providing this wonderful treasure for us teachers. I highly recommend it for any gifted teacher or any any advanced ELA teacher. You won't be disappointed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.

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