A 3-part reading and writing intervention!

Designed to complement RTI and NCLB, these research based programs increase student motivation to read and write.

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Concert Assembly
Writing Workshop
Student Gallery

Read Like a Rock Star  (Concert Assembly)

Show your students the power of a simple concept: Read Like a Rock Star! See the program that’s inspired over 500,000 kids across America to get reading. With songs inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Captain Underpants, Green Eggs and Ham, and more, kids experience the connection between reading habits and rock star writing .

Experience the energy of a real rock concert, then go behind the scenes to see how it all begins with reading and writing. Discover how pop culture is built with language arts. Excite kids with the sense of context, purpose, and autonomy proven to increase intrinsic motivation (Wang & Guthrie, 2004).

Thaddeus gets to live his dream, rocking out onstage every day. His secret is simple…  Read Like a Rock Star!

Writing Workshop
(now also available as a web conference)

How do you transform a blank sheet of paper into a poem, story, or report? With specific techniques to generate ideas and get them on paper, this interactive workshop teaches students to collectively brainstorm ideas, then write and record a song!

Along the way kids learn the importance of metaphor, alliteration, brainstorming, writing strategies and more! In short, they experience the Rock Star’s craving for language arts.

After the program, their song is posted on Thaddeus Rex’s blog for the world to hear!

“Your impact is amazing! Before your workshop, only 30% of my students even completed their writing assignments, but now I regularly have 100% completion rates. Even 3 months later, I just watched every single student complete this morning's lesson!"


Librarian (St. Louis, MO)

WEBINAR WRITING WORKSHOP - New for 2011!

With high gas prices and airline rates, many schools have asked for ways to reduce costs. Now you can use your computer lab to host Thaddeus Rex's visit.

We run all the software on our end so all your students need do is log onto our website. Up to 24 computers can participate in this interactive webinar conference with Thaddeus Rex himself. All the excitment, learning, and personality of the Write Like a Rock Star writing workshop is available at an extreme discount.

Rock Star Writers Gallery

This subscription service harnesses student excitement and channels it into their daily activity. There’s no better way for kids to learn writing than to start doing it. The Rock Star Writers Gallery has been used by some schools to generate as many as 125 new student poems every week!

Your school will receive certificates every time one of your students submits a poem, proving they know how to Write Like a Rock Star! Teachers can create a Wall of Fame to honor young authors and show other kids how cool it is to Write Like a Rock Star!

School membership is free for the 2011-12 school year. Check out the Writers Gallery page for details.

CLASSROOM KITS

The RLARS Classroom Kit. Kits include CDs, lyrics, lessons, tips, background and more. Created in conjunction with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s education department, these Classroom Kits help you harness rock star energy in the classroom. Designed to complement current RTI strategies and based on NCTE standards you become empowered to use music from your school's rock concert to teach lessons about metaphor, simile, brainstorming and more.

We want to help you motivate students by demonstrating how writing will benefit other activities they care about deeply. The RLARS Classroom Kit does not require adoption of any new teaching systems.

Kit pricing: $50 when purchased separately - includes 2 CDs and 1 booklet

Kits are free with professional development purchase.

Samples available upon request: call 1-800-330-1525.

TEACHER'S In-service
Classroom Kits
Student Gallery

Inspire Like a Rock Star (Teacher in-service)

Why must every Rock Star master metaphor? What are the secret strategies behind writing motivation? What tools do the pros use to keep themselves writing? Teachers learn this and more as they discover the secret to becoming a Rock Star motivator!

With specific techniques for increasing intrinsic motivation (Deci & Ryan) and fostering growth mindset (Carol Dweck), teachers explore strategies that are proven to engage students in the process. From metaphor to sentence structure, your curriculum already provides many of the tools students need. By connecting the dots you can develop students who understand the importance of language arts and are motivated to master them!

RLARS does not require the adoption of a new teaching system. Instead it is designed to help you maximize motivation within your own system.

Classroom kits

The RLARS Classroom Kit. Kits include CDs, lyrics, lessons, tips, background and more. Created in conjunction with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s education department, these Classroom Kits help you harness rock star energy in the classroom. Designed to complement current RTI strategies and based on NCTE standards you become empowered to use music from your school's rock concert to teach lessons about metaphor, simile, brainstorming and more.

We want to help you motivate students by demonstrating how reading & writing will benefit other activities they care about deeply. The RLARS Classroom Kit does not require adoption of any new teaching systems.

Kit pricing: $50 when purchased separately.
Kits are free with purchase of the full day program
Samples available upon request: call 1-800-330-1525.

Rock Star Writers Gallery School Membership

With the purchase of a full-day program, your school will be registered as a Write Like a Rock Star Member School. We’ll send you a certificate each time one of your students submits a poem. You can use the certificates to create a wall of fame to honor your young authors and show other students how cool it can be to Read (and write) Like a Rock Star!

“The connections you make between Rock Stars and curriculum is simply awesome! The kids are practically begging for more…”
Teacher (Pittsburgh, PA)

Family Night Concert
MP3 Downloads
Engagement Tools

After-school or Evening Session: Parent Engagement

The after-school session is as much about engaging parents as it is kids. After all, if we can change parental attitudes toward writing at home we can change a child’s life.

Luckily, kids tend to race home from the daytime events, begging the parents to come back for the family show. You get a higher than average attendance and the kids get to share their excitement with mom & dad. Once in the room, the contagious message speaks for itself.

We briefly share research showing parents the power of their influence at home. We cover an understanding of the basic strategies and give specific tips for use at home.

Then we ratchet up the energy, crank the amps and rock the schoolhouse! The parents experience the excitement for themselves. The hook is easy to set, because every parent loves the idea of seeing their child grow to Write Like a Rock Star!

Parent Engagement Tools

Mp3 Downloads

Send our music and our message home with your students. Maintain the energy and excitement while exposing parents to the ideas and concepts of ‘Read Like a Rock Star’.

Up to 1500 mp3 Downloads included with Full Day Package purchase.

Engagement Tips

Parents also receive a tipsheet to keep their child engaged. A guide to the online writing gallery is also included.

“I enjoyed it more than my kids. You're like a G-rated Jack Black!!”
Parent (Danville, IL)

Upcoming Appearances

Oct 23
Butterball Food Service
Oct 24
Benton Elementary
Nov 12
Mills Elementary
Nov 14
Arnold Elementary
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