Each Performance Cycle unit of study revolves around a central text, and all activities are designed to reflect the theme of that text.
NEAL uses as its primary framework for teaching and learning The Performance Cycle, developed by Kurt Wootton and Eileen Landay and the ArtsLiteracy Project founded in the Education Department at Brown University. The Performance Cycle is a flexible framework that presents a process as well as core principles of literacy development and arts integration. The components of the Performance Cycle are described below. For a more detailed description of the Performance Cycle see A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts by Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton and The ArtsLiteracy Handbook.