Gifted Education


Welcome to Piccowaxen’s Gifted Education page!

Here you will find overviews of our Gifted Language Arts classes 

along with news, events and information. 


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 English Language Arts

The gifted level language arts and reading classes in grades 6-8 address the needs of students who require instructional experiences beyond the regular curriculum.  The school-based Learning Resource Teacher collaborates with the classroom teacher to provide appropriate levels of challenge through accelerated pacing and advanced content, vocabulary, research, writing and language study.  Instructional strategies focus on critical reading; analysis of issues, themes and moral dilemmas; critical approaches to literature; author studies, and a range of inquiry-based discussion models.


Grade 6

Unit 1:  Changes in Me – Developing Identity through Perspective

Major text: The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg

Unit 2:  Changes in My World – Cultural Perspectives

Major text: The Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander

Unit 3:  The Individual and Utopia

Major text: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Unit 4:  Classical Perspectives

Major text: Monologues and dialogues from Shakespearean plays


Grade 7

Unit 1:  The Choices We Make – Motivations and Consequences

Major text: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Unit 2:  Understanding Relationships: Elemental Conflict

Major text: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Unit 3:  Relevancy and Historical Perspective

Major text: Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

Unit 4:  Communicating: The Power of Language and Choices

Major text: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare


Grade 8

Unit 1:  Challenges of the Hero’s Journey

Major texts: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Unit 2:  Point of View

Major text: Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston and James Houston

Unit 3:  Voices and Challenges

Major texts: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and New Found Land by Allan Wolf

Unit 4:  The Sociological Approach to Literature

Major text: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare




Students who demonstrate high levels of achievement in mathematics take accelerated courses in middle school.  Under the Common Core Curricula for Mathematics, students may be placed in 6th Grade Accelerated Math, 7th Grade Accelerated Math and Algebra I.  High school credit is earned for completion of Algebra I.



Scholars Course of Study

Students who demonstrate talent and interest in academic areas and work beyond grade level content may participate in the Charles County Scholars Course of Study. These students in grades 6-12 take advanced level courses and maintain minimum required grades in order to earn recognition at the end of eighth grade.  Information on the Scholars Course of Study is available through the brochure and/or the school-based Learning Resource Teacher.   Download a brochure .