Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2003

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Carol L. Butterfield

Second Committee Member

Keith B. Salyer

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


Gifted students spend most of their school day, if not all, learning in the regular classroom. Often, this environment is not conducive to their learning needs, and there is a lack of readily available supplemental materials that teachers can use to meet the needs of the gifted students. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to create a handbook that provides different strategies for teachers to use when teaching gifted students in the regular classroom. The project contains five thematic units that incorporate and utilize literature and comprehension strategies. This project first focuses definitions and identifiers of gifted students academically and socially. Next, it examines motivational ideas used to encourage gifted reading students in the classroom. Finally, included is a discussion of different instructional methods and strategies to educate gifted students academically and socially with an emphasis in reading.