Literacy connections through the Arts

The CAPS program assists schools to reinforce literacy learning through the arts. Our teaching artists and presenting groups enjoy opportunities to engage students in developing poetry, writing personal stories and stories that explore social justice and consciousness in the world around them. We also offer experiences that encourage ease and confidence in public speaking.

The programs below are specifically good for Middle and High Schools students. See what we have to offer for all ages and grade levels K-12. Click on the blue links to learn more. Be sure to contact the CAPS office at 919-560-2718 for more information.

Laurece West
Laurece West

Laurece West – “Speaking With Ease and Confidence”

Students often feel uncomfortable speaking in front of others, in class, making presentations and expressing their thoughts and feelings. This workshop creates more ease for students nervous speaking under pressure, through solid skills and innovative methods to free word flow, express and release stress, build self-esteem and confidence, and develop powerful body language.

Anita Woodley
Anita Woodley

Anita Woodley – Flipping the Script on Self-Esteem: Writing A Powerful Future/Stories Come To Life
Stories Come to Life Residency is a successful, lively literary arts residency where students write and share personal narratives of transformation and triumph. This refreshing and comfortable approach uses improvisation, humor, and culturally appropriate characterizations to engage the young writers, putting them at ease to share aloud. Students will participate by brainstorming drafts, getting feedback from peers, and utilizing the multiple steps to writing a final product to publish.

Margaret P. Chapman
Margaret P. Chapman

Margaret Chapman – How to Get Poetry
Based on the model of New York’s highly successful Teachers and Writers Collaborative, award winning poetry teacher Margaret Chapman brings poetry by major canonical poets such as Shakespeare, Keats, Stein, and Plath into classrooms. Students will write poetry in response to their interpretations of these works, share poems in-class, and create either an online or in-print poetry journal.

Chris Vitiello
Chris Vitiello

Chris Vitiello – Mining Your Memory

You memory is full of rich, emotional detail. The writer’s challenge is in getting all that detail onto the paper. In this master class, we use fast-paced, stream-of-consciousness writing to delve deep into memory. Students learn strategies for interviewing themselves in the activity of writing in order to tease out more detail and critical thinking. They also learn editing habits to produce different, polished pieces of writing from that large, initial stream-of-consciousness mass.

Kim Arrington
Kim Arrington

Kim Arrington – Say Word: Poems that Perform
Say Word: Poems that Perform is a multi-faceted series of poetry and performance workshops that reinforces K-12 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. This fun activity gives young people an opportunity to increase their self-esteem through writing and public speaking skills. A fun and interactive icebreaker is used to increase student morale. The artist-in-residence is supportive and very comfortable with various youth.

A full list of literacy/language arts programs can be found in our Directory here.

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