Literacy Plus! Curriculum extensions expand learning beyond reading.

By Coleen Truax

We start with a book. Then we add curriculum extensions. So we can help kids build literacy skills — plus much, much more.

Have you heard about Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus? That’s the book selected for this year’s Youth One Book, One Denver (YOBOD). In addition to being a fun read, the book has provided opportunities for learning across multiple subject matters.

The book’s main character is Aven Green, who was born with no arms, but has never let her “lack of armage” deter her from doing anything she sets her mind to. When Aven’s father accepts a new job as manager of Stagecoach Pass, a rundown theme park in Arizona, Aven has to leave behind her comfortable life in Kansas. After arriving in Arizona, Aven must adjust to a new environment, negotiate a new friendship with Connor, a boy with Tourette’s Syndrome, and solve a mystery after discovering clues within Stagecoach Pass.

Insignificant Events is an engaging story that has captured the imaginations of our summer scholars. And it has provided opportunities for learning across multiple content areas. Check out our photo essay to learn more.

  • The daily literacy block includes small-group tutoring -- one teacher per six students -- enabling teachers to provide highly personalized instruction.