Reading the Masters: An Arts Integrated Curriculum
Using masterpiece works of art to teach thinking routines and reading skills -
Reading the Masters is an innovative art integrated curriculum that teaches students reading skills and reading methods using masterpiece works of art. Reading the Masters helps students of all ages to clearly understand the skills and strategies required for good readers to be successful. Students will explore and carefully analyze a masterpiece while identifying elements and principles of art. This close examination of each piece lends itself to recognize that the same process it takes to discover the main idea and supporting details in a work of art is the same process it takes to discover these important reading skills in a written text. This reality is the same for other reading skills and strategies.
Reading the Masters was written as a result of intense quantitative research on the communication, social, and behavioral skills of elementary and middle school students with autism and related disabilities using an arts integrated curriculum. Communication skills had a positive effect while social and behavioral skills had mixed results. Preliminary results of using Reading the Masters with students of all learning profiles and multiple intelligences is showing academic success in reading and language arts.