You will pick three internet articles
on savants that spark your interest and review them. Then you will tap
into your own savantism and design your own crossword puzzles using your
||My son, Dane Bottino is an artistic savant. He can draw almost anything.
He particularly likes to use black permanent ink pens and has never
used an eraser.
He seems to see what he wants to draw and places it in his minds eye
on the paper before he draws it.
||He always fills the page correctly and although
it looks very similar to whatever it is supposed to be his personality
shows through his art. When he was little he drew thousands of pictures
a day, but did not talk. Now he talks in simple sentences, but his artwork
is still his most comfortable way to communicate. If you are interested
in learning alittle more about him click on Savant
Syndrome. He is D.B. Another famous artistic savant is Richard
Wawro.Savantism comes in many forms. There are savants in music,
mathematics, memory,calendar calculating, mechanial achievement and sensory
If you are interested in music Perfect
Pitch is quite an article on music savantism.In
The Rainman in all of Us
it shows that even you might be capable of wonders unknown. It tells
how each person can trick their brain and concentrate in one area and specialize.The
real rain man, Kim
Peek , is known for his mathematics and computation skills.
Temple Grandin is a savant who claims Her
Mind is a Web Browser . She actually thinks in pictures. Many
people that spend alot of time using computers are develping this part
of their brain. Much research in this area has been done lately. Check
these recent articles Islands
of Genius, BBC
Tuning in to Genius, and the Total
|Now you are going to tap into your own special talents. You are going
to design and print out a puzzle. You can use the puzzlemaker,or
really challenge your genius and make up a puzzle similar to the brain
puzzles in Total Brain.Remember
you need to use at least 10 vocabulary words that are related to
the topic of savants.Print out two copies of your puzzle. Give one to your
lab partner and give one to your teacher for your grade.
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