Artful Reading for Striving Readers, Kentucky 2018

CTL’s Artful Reading program is an innovative approach to blending literacy standards and national arts standards to deepen student learning. Each kit contains a picture book, supplemental texts, art materials, and lesson plans to deliver the contents of the module. This field-tested curriculum model, reinforced through professional learning and coaching, supports enhanced literacy and arts instruction. The model is designed to support students in Kindergarten through fifth grade in developing comprehensive reading skills. Each module taps into the classroom teacher’s prior knowledge about literacy instruction and arts integration. The materials are built around a structure for pre-, mid-, and post-reading that addresses key literacy developmental skills using arts-based strategies and contexts to deeply engage students in learning. The materials immerse students and teachers in learning in, through and about the arts.

Lesson plans for each module contain comprehensive literacy components, including;

  • Summative and formative assessment
  • Tiered vocabulary development
  • Reading comprehension: before, during, after reading activities
  • Academic dialogue
  • Writing to learn
  • Writing to demonstrate learning: informational, narrative, and persuasive writing prompts
  • Gradual release process
  • Extension activities to differentiate & scaffold learning, and to make connections to core text themes
  • Tested teacher tips

Each Artful Reading teacher will receive foundational knowledge training and on-going coaching support to implement four modules each year. In addition, on-going professional learning supports teachers in using reflection to refine implementation, and build on their understanding of the national arts standards to deliver engaging literacy activities. All of CTL’s professional learning models meet the Learning Forward Professional Learning Standards for effective student learning. Artful Reading networks teachers across grade levels and combines formal training with job-embedded coaching and modeling to ensure that local capacity is built to sustain and grow the use of the program as a deliberate component of literacy instruction in the school.


Artful Reading as designed for KYCL•FLUENT, Kentucky’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program 2018-2020

Year 1  # of Teachers  Days Allocated
Summer Institute 7 2
Quarter 1 Coaching for planning and implementation 3
Quarter 1 Reflection/Intro Module 2 1
Quarter 2 Coaching for planning and implementation 2.5
Quarter 2 Reflection/Intro Module 3 1
Quarter 3 Coaching 2
Quarter 3 Reflection/Intro Module 4 1
Quarter 4 Coaching/Implementation 2
Year 2 Institute (added to the end of year 1 contract to compensate for the reduction in funding that is part of the program) 10 additional teachers 2
 Year 2
Quarter 1 Coaching for planning and implementation 2.5
Quarter 1 Reflection/Intro Module 2 1
Quarter 2 Coaching for planning and implementation 2.5
Quarter 2 Reflection/Intro Module 3 1
Quarter 3 Coaching 2
Quarter 3 Reflection/Intro Module 4 1
Quarter 4 Coaching/Implementation 2
Summer Institute (2020)  6 additional teachers  2

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