Looking to Write: Children Writing Through the Visual Arts / Edition 1

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Breathe new passion into teaching writing. Teach it as an aesthetic experience. Have your students of writing start with art.

Mary Ehrenworth particularly appreciates the meaning and inspiration the visual arts can afford the writing process. An art historian turned literacy consultant, she conducts workshops that use visual prompts as tools to help students locate significant things to write about and craft beautiful writing in response. She also helps teachers discover new possibilities for themselves as curriculum developers and storytellers.

Each of Ehrenworth's chapters describes one way to employ visual art in the writing workshop with reasons to do it, guides for trying it, images, and worksheets. Included throughout the book are breathtaking examples of student writing using artworks as starting points for:

  • imagining different perspectives and making them real through story
  • practicing empathetic imagination to create narratives and poems of desire and loss
  • giving imagination play through contemporary mythmaking
  • restructuring identities by communing with a particular work.
Ehrenworth has also collected for use with this book full-color reproductions of artwork, links to museums, handouts, and other resources, all available online at www.heinemann.com/ehrenworth.

Look closely.
In the looking, find things to write about.
And in the writing, experience what Dewey called that "delightful perception."
There's no better way to get there than with Looking to Write.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“With vigor, grace, and courage, in this brilliant new book, Ehrenworth raises the stakes in the teaching of writing.”–Maureen Barbieri, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University

“Mary Ehrenworth tempts, suggests, arouses; she helps us over the obstacles to the mastery of writing, of rediscovering the self through storytelling and writing poetry.”–Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia University

“Looking to Write will open your English/language arts classroom to deeper seeing and knowing.”–Tom Romano, Miami University, Ohio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325004631
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ehrenworth is coauthor of Pathways to the Common Core (with Lucy Calkins and Christopher Lehman). She is Deputy Director of Middle Schools at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. She studied history and literature at Harvard and then curriculum theory and adolescent literacy at Columbia, where she received her doctorate - and then has been lucky to work with three subjects she loves - books, children, and teachers. In addition to Pathways, Mary has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: The Power of Grammar; Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels; Constructing Curriculum and Tackling Complex Texts from Units of Study in Reading; and Looking to Write: Teaching Writing Through the Visual Arts. Mary is also offering support to educators with the Common Core Standards through an online course entitled Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing in Your Classroom and School offered through our new Digital Campus.
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Table of Contents

Poetic Understanding: Imagining Picasso American Landscape and the Aesthetic Experience Telling Stories of the World: Short Story Writing and Flexible Cultural Perspectives Mythology and the Pedagogies of Desire Afterword: Some Thoughts About the Role of the Writing Teacher Appendixes:

Some Support Structures for Writing/A Note on More Images Observation Record Sheet Benin-Learning Centers Culturally Flexible Short Stories Outlining Possible Structures Looking at Sculpture and Painting Possible Planning Schedules for Mythology An Editing Checklist Sample Rubrics for Our Writing Some More on Picasso (1881-1973)

Some More on Benin

Some Student Writing

Some Interactive Writing-Picasso and Poetry

Some Writing for Children-Benin Short Story

Some Writing for Children-A Mythology of Artemis in Three Parts

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