At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, my class was selected to participate in a project with The Getty Center and The Teaching Channel. I have been using The Getty Center's Language through Art curriculum in my classes for the past three years. These lessons are fabulous. They allow students to learn and practice higher order thinking and analytical skills before applying these skills to complex written texts. This is especially beneficial for English language learners or struggling readers. The Getty Center has teacher workshops that you can attend if you live in the Los Angeles area, but they also post all of their resources online, so even if you don't live in the area you can take advantage of this wonderful resource by visiting: http://www.getty.edu/education/. Also, be sure to check out our lesson on The Teaching Channel in September. In addition to a video the complete two day lesson will be available online.
Ms. Young is a teacher who wants to keep a record of what works!