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Making images is as natural to humans as speaking. In fact, it is a language-a way to communicate, think, express, and explore. When pictures and words work together to create meaning, literacy's potential expands.
The thirteen contributors to New Entries share ways they are working to connect the visual arts to literacy instruction as well as to their own lives. Teachers from elementary school through college take you into their classrooms and show how writing, art, and reading can be combined in different ways in subject areas. You join Peter von Euler and his students on their journey to explore writing through art; get an inside look at how Mary Stein and Brenda Power invite their students to "put art on a scientist's palette"; and learn with Peter Thacker as he explains his process of combining imagery and story in his reading class.
The chapters in this book give you snapshots of whole classes and take you in for a closer look with case studies of individual children. The stories of these teachers and their classroom explorations create powerful practical theory that will invite you to begin your own explorations, starting with some of the strategies explained within these pages.
All of the papers in New Entries were written at the invitation of the editors and are printed here for the first time.
Drawing Rachel In, S. Benedict
Widening the Frame: Reading, Writing, and Art in Learning, K. Ernst
Writing Pictures, Painting Words: Artists Notebooks in Literacy Workshops, N. Winterbourne
Opening Up to Art: Imagery and Story in a High School Reading Class, P. Thacker
Beyond Answers, J. Ostrow
Putting Art on the Scientist's Palette, M. Stein & B. Power
Imagination Through Images: Visual Responses to Literature, R. Hubbard
Reading the Image and Viewing the Words: Languages Intertwined,
Fountas & J. Olson
Parallel Journeys: Exploring Through Art and Writing in Fourth Grade, P. von Euler
I Look at My Pictures and Then Try It: Art as a Tool for Learning, J. Clyde
Reclaiming the Power of Visual Thinking with Adult Learners, R. Hubbard
Background, Foreground: From Experience to Classroom Practice, K. Ernst
Drawing My Selves Together: An Editor's Notebook, T. Gordon