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Using Title I Funds

Schools across the country are using Title I funds to host RLARS. Here's how the program could fulfill 3 of your 10 requirements.

  1. Engages Parents
    The after school component of Read Like a Rock Star engages parents with their kids in a directive activity designed to get parents involved and excited about their child’s schoolwork.
  2. Includes Professional development
    A special session covers research designed to increase intrinsic motivation (Deci & Ryan) and to foster 'Growth Mindset' (Dweck) while helping teachers harness the excitement generated in the Write Like a Rock Star event to change the way students perceive the importance and enjoyment of writing, changing students' habits for life.
  3. Offers Ongoing Engagement
    We leave the teachers with simple tools (a school-wide writing gallery, classroom lessons based on music from the program, and strategies to increase intrinsic motivation) designed to keep the campus engaged & students excited about reading and writing throughout the year (see the Read Like a Rock Star program page for details).

Funding usage documentation samples are available on the right side of the page.

Questions about our program or your eligibility? Please call 800 330-1525.

Aligned to NCTE Standards

  1. Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
  2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
  3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
  7. Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  8. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  9.  Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles.
  10. Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop understanding of content across the curriculum.
  11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
  12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

RLARS aligns with NCTE standards #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12.

RLARS can complement RTI

The workshop portion of Read (& Write) Like a Rock Star is designed to help schools turn struggling readers into Rock Star Writers! Post program reports have seen student assignment completion rates skyrocket from 30% to 100% after our events.

We also help you engage parents in the process. By showing that reading & writing skills are essential tools of every rock star, we want to help you change parent attitudes toward reading and writing at home.

Abstract concepts like metaphor and alliteration are made concrete by showing how these devices are integral components of every rock, country & hip hop song. No hit radio song can exist without metaphor or simile.

Your students gain confidence by helping create a song, and parents see the importance of language arts

By drawing connections between your curriculum and pop music culture, we not only make these concepts easier to understand, but help you show students & parents why they should care.