What is Literacyhead

A Literacyhead is someone who is intensely serious about exercising creative literacy, making connections across multiple literacies, pursuing thoughtful literacy as an individual and as a teacher, and constantly searching for ideas. Literacyheads may have expertise in different areas of literacy, but all are committed to children's literacy, passionate about the arts, incessant thinkers, and display a propensity for having fun.

Literacyhead combines reading and writing research with visual art to create online lessons that are as instructionally sound as they are beautiful. Literacyhead includes lessons to support students during read aloud, writing workshop, tier two vocabulary instruction, and more. From original comic strips written to illustrate mini-lesson topics during writing workshop to read aloud lessons featuring interior illustrations from new and classic picture books, Literacyhead can help you teach the standards with less work and more student engagement.

 

Why did we create Literacyhead?

We wanted to help teachers nurture their creative lives while they meet the demands of high accountability to which they are subject.

We saw that art naturally differentiates lessons leading to more student engagement and less time planning.

We love children's books and art, and the connections between the two make us positively giddy.

We believe that the arts are a basic component of a healthy life, not an afterthought or a bonus if there is time or funding.

We needed to engage ourselves in work that is original and about which we are passionate.

We wanted to help teachers take care of themselves by lightening their lesson planning load a bit.

We enjoy the challenge of camouflaging solid literacy research in lessons that appear to be just looking at and talking about art and literature.

We believe that art is the most promising catalyst for social change.

We wanted to make something beautiful.

We want children to begin to think that they need and deserve beauty in their lives.

We want to give teachers a springboard for extending their own creativity.

We wanted to do something hard and scary.

A lot of people told us we couldn't do it.

 

What This Site Is Not

Literacyhead is not a straightjacket. It is not limited by our ideas, but a place for you to run with your own creative interpretations and applications. We offer you some places to start as you think about the resources we assemble, but we invite you to discard all our suggestions and break all our "rules." If you disagree with some aspect of this magazine or some application we have suggested, please vary our work in ways that align with your philosophies of teaching, literacy, and life. Our "lessons" are intentionally general; we do not offer step-by-step guidelines for teaching with our content. You fill in the blanks with what you know about yourself as an educator and your students as learners.