The Arts as Meaning Makers: Integrating Literature and the Arts Throughout the Curriculum / Edition 1

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This comprehensive, introductory book shows teachers how to meaningfully integrate literature, art, drama, dance, and music throughout curricular areas by providing a basic arts knowledge base. The book covers clear reasons for integration, and the application of basic integration principles. Intended for undergraduate education majors or practicing classroom teachers new to the concept of integrating the arts, the book's creative problem-solving process and integrated approach uses the arts as tools to learn. The only book on the market which clearly makes the case to integrate the arts on a daily basis, it summarizes the concepts and skills of five art forms and shows teachers how to plan and implement units and specific lessons which integrate at least one art form with a curricular area in each lesson.
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Discusses the benefits of, and offers educators strategies for, integrating the study of the arts across the curriculum. Specifically discusses the integration of literature, visual arts, drama, dance, and music into science, social studies, math, and reading/language arts curricula, presenting stories and lesson plans from teachers with the relevant experience, and discussing the benefits that the arts can offer students. Also discusses integrating studies of the above-named artistic disciplines with one another. Several helpful appendices round out a volume which will be useful to teachers and illuminating to students of education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137929207
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/8/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 8.11 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vi
Chapter 1 An Introduction to Teaching With, About, In, and Through the Arts 1
Introduction 2
Why Integrate the Arts? 5
What Do Teachers Need to Know and Do to Teach With, About, In, and Through the Arts? 11
How Can a Teacher Put Research and Theories Together to Coordinate Arts Integration? 30
Chapter 2 Integrating the Arts Throughout the Curriculum 34
Introduction 37
Why Integrate the Arts Throughout the School Day? 37
What Should Teachers Know about Integration? 40
How Can Classroom Teachers Meaningfully Integrate the Arts? 40
Individualization: To Not See Two as One 67
Chapter 3 Integrating Literature Throughout the Curriculum 76
Introduction 79
Why Should Teachers Integrate Literature? 80
What Should Teachers Know and Teach about Literature to Integrate It Throughout the Curriculum? 85
How Can Teachers Integrate Literature Throughout the Curriculum? 107
Chapter 4 Literature Seed Strategies 128
I. Energizers and Warm-ups 129
II. Teaching about Literature: Elements and Genre Characteristics 130
III. Connecting Literature to Other Curricular Areas 132
IV. Special Focus: Poetry Sharing and Writing 145
Chapter 5 Integrating Visual Arts Across the Curriculum 150
Introduction 153
Why Should Teachers Integrate Art? 154
What Do Teachers Need to Know and Teach to Integrate Art? 160
How Can Classroom Teachers Use Art to Enhance Other Curricular Areas? 172
Chapter 6 Art Seed Strategies 200
I. Energizers and Warm-ups 201
II. Teaching Art Concepts and Elements 202
III. Using Different Media 206
IV. Connecting Art to Other Curricular Areas 216
Chapter 7 Integrating Drama Throughout the Curriculum 224
Introduction 227
Why Should Teachers Integrate Creative Drama? 228
What Do Teachers Need to Know and Teach about Drama to Use It as a Teaching Tool? 232
How Can a Classroom Teacher Use Drama as an Effective Teaching Tool for Integration? 234
Chapter 8 Drama Seed Strategies 257
I. Energizers and Warm-ups 258
II. Pantomime Strategies 260
III. Verbal Strategies 265
IV. Connecting Drama to Other Curricular Areas 271
V. Storytelling's Special Relationship with Drama 277
Chapter 9 Integrating Dance and Movement Throughout the Curriculum 285
Introduction 288
Why Should a Classroom Teacher Use Movement and Dance to Teach Curricular Content and Skills? 288
What Does a Classroom Teacher Need to Know and Teach to Use Dance as a Teaching Tool? 292
How Should Classroom Teachers Use Dance and Movement as Teaching Tools? 296
Chapter 10 Dance Seed Strategies 312
I. Energizers and Warm-ups for the Body 313
II. Dance Concepts and BEST Elements 315
III. Connecting Dance to Other Curricular Areas 318
Chapter 11 Integrating Music Throughout the Curriculum 325
Introduction 327
Why Should Classroom Teachers Integrate Music? 328
What Does a Classroom Teacher Need to Know and Teach about Music to Use It as a Teaching Tool? 334
How Can a Classroom Teacher Use Music as a Teaching Tool? 344
Chapter 12 Music Seed Strategies 367
I. Energizers and Warm-ups 368
II. Basic Musical Concepts and Elements 369
III. Connecting Music to Curricular Areas 373
Chapter 13 Integrating the Arts with the Arts: Strategy Seed Ideas 383
1. Literature and Art (LA) 384
2. Art and Drama (ADr) 388
3 Drama and Dance (DrD) 388
4. Dance and Music (DM) 389
5. Music and Literature (ML) 390
6. Literature and Drama (LDr) 391
7. Drama and Music (DrM) 393
8. Music and Art (MA) 395
9. Art and Dance (AD) 395
10. Dance and Literature (DL) 396
Chapter 14 Questions Often Asked 398
Conclusion 403
Appendix A Arts-Based Children's Literature 405
Appendix B Award-Winning Children's Literature 422
Appendix C Arts Organizations, Addresses, and Internet Sites 429
Appendix D Interest Inventory 432
Appendix E Discipline Prevention and Intervention Strategies 433
Appendix F Bibliography of Recommended Reading and Viewing 435
Index 443
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