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Ohio Reading Road Trip FAQ

Below, you'll find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Ohio Reading Road Trip. As we receive additional questions about the project, we will update this page. Click on the questions, or just scroll down to see the answers.

How can I get the Ohio Reading Road Trip curriculum kit?

The Ohio Reading Road Trip is producing 2000 curriculum kits for language arts classrooms throughout the state of Ohio. Our primary objective is to place a kit in each of the 541 designated low-wealth schools in Ohio that serve students in grades 6, 7, or 8.

In January and February 2004, curriculum kits will be available at nearly 50 professional development workshops across the state of Ohio. Language arts teachers who attend these workshops are guaranteed to receive a curriculum kit.

Starting March 15, 2004, the remaining copies of the Ohio Reading Road Trip curriculum kit will be available to public, private, and charter schools on a first-come, first-served basis. Curriculum kits can be requested by home schools beginning May 3, 2004.

You can request a kit by filling out the ORRT Kit Order Form and mailing the form to:
Ohio Reading Road Trip
ThinkTV
110 South Jefferson Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402

You may also email your request to ORRT@wptd.pbs.org or fax it to 937-220-1609.

Shipping and handling: If sending your request by mail, please enclose a check for $10, made payable to ThinkTV, to cover shipping and handling. If emailing or faxing your request, we will invoice you for the shipping and handling charge.

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How much does the Ohio Reading Road Trip curriculum kit cost?

The curriculum kits are free of charge to schools in Ohio, through a grant from the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Network in support of the SchoolNet Initiative.

A shipping/handling charge of $10 will apply to each kit requested after March 15, 2004.

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What is in the curriculum kit?

The Ohio Reading Road Trip curriculum kit includes:

  • Instructor's Guide with 10 exciting lessons in fiction, short fiction, and poetry PLUS reproducible poems, short stories, and artwork
  • Video resources in both DVD and VHS formats, including the Ohio Reading Road Trip one-hour literary travelogue, interviews with authors, and mini-documentaries

To supplement the curriculum kit, the Ohio Reading Road Trip provides additional resources for students and teachers, including:

  • Web site with literary maps and timelines, author biographies and bibliographies, student research and writing tips, resources for teachers, "Write to a Writer" (the chance for students to interact online with authors like Sharon Draper), and lots of helpful links
  • Live, 30-minute interactive broadcast featuring popular Ohio authors answering student questions
  • Online graduate course offered through Wright State University

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    Who made the Ohio Reading Road Trip curriculum kits?

    The Ohio Reading Road Trip is produced by ThinkTV Network - Greater Dayton Public Television in partnership with CET, Cincinnati. Cooperating agencies include the Ohio Arts Council, the Mazer Corporation, Ohioana Library Association, the public television stations of Ohio, and the educational technology agencies of Ohio.

    The Ohio Reading Road Trip project is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Network Commission (OET) in support of the Ohio SchoolNet Initiative.

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    What's in the Ohio Reading Road Trip Instructor's Guide?

    The Ohio Reading Road Trip Instructor's Guide includes 10 engaging, activity-based lessons. An introductory lesson explores Ohio's literary heritage, and the remaining lessons are organized by genre (Novels, Short Fiction, and Poetry). All lessons align with Ohio's Academic Content Standards and include opportunities for differentiated learning (specialized approaches to instruction for students at various levels of skill and knowledge).

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    Who wrote the lessons?

    The lessons were developed by Jenifer Burns, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, Ohio; Brianna Doyal, Oakwood Junior High School, Oakwood, Ohio; Stephenie Erickson, Blanchester Middle School, Blanchester, Ohio; Jill Heck, New Carlisle Middle School, New Carlisle, Ohio; and Eva Makstutis, Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, Ohio.

    Some lessons were written in total or in part by Shannon Doyne (Mazer Corporation) and Steph Beaver (ThinkTV/Ohio Reading Road Trip).

    During content development, Pat Coon-Knochelmann, Ed.D. (Language Arts Coordinator, Northwest Local School District) provided guidance on the incorporation of Ohio Academic Content Standards for Language Arts.

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    What grade levels are served by the Ohio Reading Road Trip?

    Ohio Reading Road Trip is designed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

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    Are the contents of the kit adaptable to other grade levels?

    High school language arts teachers may find that many of these lessons can be adapted for their students. We do not recommend this curriculum for grades 1-5.

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    How does the Ohio Reading Road Trip help students prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test?

    All Ohio Reading Road Trip lessons are based on the Ohio Language Arts Content Standards. They are also correlated to the Ohio SchoolNet Learner Profiles, integrating educational technologies to reinforce and extend learning. Most lessons incorporate non-fiction reading and writing to support students' preparation for the OGT.

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    What is on the Ohio Reading Road Trip website?

    http://www.ohioreadingroadtrip.org
    The Ohio Reading Road Trip web site supplements the curriculum kit and provides valuable information about Ohio authors and their works.

    The web site gives students an opportunity to expand their research, reading, and writing skills by providing extensive information on authors, including biographies, bibliographies, and resource information; information and tips on how to write and how to read for comprehension; and interactive writing and reading features such as "Write to a Writer," where students can correspond with contemporary authors.

    For teachers, the web site provides the full content of the Instructor's Guide in PDF form, extension activities for lessons in the Instructor's Guide, support on how to use technology in the classroom, and useful links. The web site also contains information on professional development opportunities for teachers.

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    Is professional development available for teachers?

    In January and February 2004, professional development workshops around the state provide teachers with an overview of the Ohio Reading Road Trip materials and show how the components support each other.

    In addition, teachers can register for an online graduate course at Wright State University; scholarships for this course are available for teachers in designated low-wealth school districts.

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    Where can I find out more information about the Ohio Reading Road Trip project?

    For more information about the Ohio Reading Road Trip project, you call or write to project coordinator Erin Burke at ThinkTV.

    Send email to ORRT@wptd.pbs.org

    Call Erin Burke at (937) 220-1707

    Or write to: Ohio Reading Road Trip
    ThinkTV
    110 South Jefferson Street
    Dayton, Ohio 45402

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