Line4Line has expanded its efforts to support diverse books in the schools by offering curriculum development services for schools and community organizations.
In the spring of 2021, Line4Line partnered with the Big Buddy Program to curate books and develop activities for their summer Bookworm Reading Project. The curriculum, designed around weekly thematic units, presents a different book for 2nd-6th grades and includes a creative making activity kit complete with all materials. As part of this program Line4Line provided professional development training for Buddy Teaching Staff and will be conducting a formal evaluation of the program.
In September 2021 Line4Line kicked off Change the Narrative (CTN) a creative literacy pilot taking place at Merrydale Elementary throughout the 21-22 school year, which serves all students (Kindergarten through 5th grade) four days a week, for a 45 minute lesson developed and taught by our team of educators. The CTN curriculum pairs art activities with books written by and about Black, Indigenous, People of Color to foster deeper cross-cultural awareness, support social emotional learning, and help students identify as readers and creative problem solvers. Lessons are designed around weekly themes and incorporate the reading and discussion of a grade-level appropriate BIPOC focused book with a hands-on activity. All lessons are aligned to Louisiana Grade Level ELA and Library Standards and scaled to student’s individual learning styles and needs. This program is funded by a grant from Pennington Family Foundation with the goal of developing a curriculum model that can be expanded into other schools that creatively supports literacy.
The Line4Line team is willing, ready, able and qualified to develop customize lessons to support any level classroom educators or community organizations who work with youth. We have the knowledge and skills to design lessons that support any curriculum or special topic using books and making. For more information on our curriculum development services Click here, and we can work with you to design a uniquely engaging program for your students.