The Ohio Reading Road Trip is a multimedia language arts curriculum for students in grades 6, 7, and 8. This integrated curriculum package is designed to spark students' interest in reading by bringing some of Ohio's best-known authors into the classroom through video, Internet, broadcast, and print resources.
Students and teachers can explore Ohio's connection to some of literature's most important historical figures, as well as popular contemporary writers. Ohio has even produced authors who changed history! Ten exciting lessons survey Ohio literature and focus on the works of novelists Sharon Draper, Virginia Hamilton, and Sharon Creech … short story writers Sherwood Anderson, Toni Morrison, and James Thurber … and poets Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, and others.
The video portion of the curriculum includes a literary travelogue that takes you to the hometowns of some of these authors, as well as Louis Bromfield, James Wright, Carolyn Keene (Mildred Wirt Benson), and Harriet Beecher Stowe. More video resources -- including author interviews, biographies, and mini-documentaries -- are provided with every curriculum kit to supplement the lessons.
The curriculum design incorporates various reading/writing workshop models and helps teachers create an environment that motivates and engages students in reading, invites collaborative learning, and encourages self-expression.
All lessons are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and include nonfiction reading and writing activities to help students prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test. The lessons also are aligned with the Ohio SchoolNet Learner Profile, encouraging both students and teachers in the use of research, productivity, and communication tools.
The project is supported by professional development for participating teachers, expanding their knowledge of technology resources, Ohio literature, and the latest findings in middle school literacy.