Ariadne Zitsos, Thread Consulting + Design

Ariadne Zitsos, Thread Consulting + Design

Ariadne Zitsos is the founder and lead consultant at Thread.  As an artist, teacher, and consummate learner, she brings a unique point of view to any project. She holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature

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Teaching Literacy Through Songwriting


Program description

This residency uses the creative act of songwriting to teach literacy standards in Reading, Writing, and Speaking/Listening. Each session will include individual writing time, creative group work, and close reading of text passages in small and large groups. Activities are linked to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, are designed to be academically rigorous, and include assessments to


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Program Detail

Program type: Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Music
Subject: English, Language Arts, Literacy, Music
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday preferred.

Available times:

10am – 2pm is preferred

Length of program: 45-90 minutes per session
Space / technical requirements:

Smartboard preferred but not required, speakers for playing recorded music, students need notebooks and writing utensils.



Fees / Ticketing:

$1500/5 session residency for 1 class, $2000/5 session residency for multiple classes, or $400/1 class session; please reach out if you need to negotiate the price.


NC Standard Course of Study:

CCR Anchor Standard R.2 – Determine central themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas (in our case, we do this through analysis of lyrics to well-known songs).

CCR Anchor Standard R.9 – Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take (again, this happens through analysis, both of well-known lyrics and of the students’ own lyrics).

CCR Anchor Standard SL.1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (this standard is at the heart of what we do – students in these residencies get to work together on a variety of creative tasks, which helps them appreciate each others’ strengths and competencies in new ways).

NC Essential Standards:

K.CR.1 Understand global, interdisciplinary, and 21st century connections with music (this residency explores the very strong connection between literacy and music).

K.CR.1.2 Recognize the relationships between music and concepts from other areas (music is used as the text in which students will apply and practice their literary knowledge such as finding the theme, close reading, and citing the text to support their ideas).

K.MR.1.3 Recognize that music is performed in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes (by taking a close look at songs and lyrics, students will begin thinking of the purposes behind the songs they listen to on a daily basis. They will begin to see music as a strong way to influence the thinking of the listener).


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


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Cancellation Policy

If cancellations occur more than 14 days in advance, there will be a flat fee cancellation charge of $50. If cancellation occurs less than 14 days in advance, we will charge 25% of the total agreed cost of the residency.