Participation in the talented and gifted (TAG) electives is open to D20 TAG identified students.
ALM Orientations (Quarter)
Topics include understanding giftedness and learning styles, multiple intelligences, and explorations. There will be independent projects and group projects that develop academic and social skills. The first project is the "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" activity that challenges the creative mind by planning a unique dinner party. There will also be a group exploration where students have the opportunity to examine a topic that is of special interest to them and share the information with the class.
TAG Engineering (Quarter)
This elective will follow the criteria similar to the future city engineering competition held during National Engineers' Week. The students will plan and design a future city on a computer program, research and write a paper on a futuristic engineering topic, create a scale model of the city out of recyclables, and present the project to a panel of judges.
Future Scenarios (Quarter)
Topics include critical and creative thinking skills, developing a vision for the future inventions, and futuristic problem solving. The class will engage students in creative problem solving and challenge them to propose possible solutions within potential future problems. Students will be presented futuristic situations and then try to determine what the most important or consequential problem is and then propose, discuss, and write solutions to solve the underlying problem.
ALM Enrichment (Quarter)
Topics include understanding giftedness, learning styles, problem solving, futuristic thinking, and investigations. The first project is the "Vacation of Your Dreams" activity that challenges the adventurous mind by planning a unique vacation. An independent investigation follows, where students carefully research a topic that is of particular interest to them in order to learn about the topic and share the information at an evening ALM presentation event.
Engineering Challenge (Quarter)
This elective will follow the criteria similar to the future city engineering competition held during the national Engineers' Week. The students will plan and design a future city on a computer program, research and write a paper on a futuristic engineering topic, create a design of the city using a 3D application program, and present their project to a panel of judges. This class is open for TAG students who did NOT have this class in 6th grade.
TAG Law (Quarter)
This elective is a mock trial activity wherein the students will have the opportunity to act as an attorney, possibly even as a witness or part of a jury, as they prepare for fictitious cases constructed around common situations. The objectives of the class are to gain a basic understanding of the legal process while developing critical analysis of problems, strategic thinking, questioning skills, oral presentation skills, and skills in preparing and organizing written arguments.
ALM Seminar (Semester)
The curriculum develops the skills to become an independent, autonomous, learner. The students will complete three projects. First, The Radical Evening Talk Show activity challenges each student to use their futuristic imagination to host their own talk show. The second project is a debate on a topic facilitated by the teacher. The final project is an in-depth study about a prominent individual who has made a positive influence on society. Each student chooses a person to investigate from an area that they are passionate about and then presents their individual, in character, to an audience.