In September 2003, plans began for the piloting of The Picture Book Curriculum by Molly Barker, to be used as a tool for helping incarcerated youth at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility develop and/or improve their literacy skills.
The plan was for faculty members to volunteer to use the curriculum either as part of their regular subject area curriculum, or as a special project for student to participate in on a weekly basis.
What follows is an overview of the curriculum; a summary of the planning sessions; and reflections of the faculty, students and observers.
(The final report, as submitted, included samples of
students’ work, as well as teachers’ lessons plans.)