What are the connections between composing with language and other forms of creative expression? Barry Gilmore's Drawing the Line provides a fascinating answer. Better than that, he provides simple, engaging ways to generate powerful student writing by describing how to engage secondary students 7-12 in various artistic mediums.
The arts provide a valuable and much-overlooked tool for helping young people to improve their writing. Through easy, inviting activities in the visual arts, music, and drama, Gilmore leads students to explore a host of creative approaches to composing. In the process, students will also develop a heightened sensitivity to the mediums they explore.
Each chapter focuses on one genre of art. Individual units offer discussion for the teacher, a simple artistic activity, creative writing exercises, and examples of students' written work. All chapters provide imaginative hands-on opportunities in the arts that have been tested with thousands of students. Nor does Drawing the Line assume or require that teachers have prior experience with any medium.
We haven't come across a richer, more enjoyable way to teach writing.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 17 Years|
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Table of ContentsIntroduction
Seeing Through the Eyes: The Visual Arts
Writing Through the Eyes; Black and White; Color; Light and Shadow; Perspective; Composition; The Brush; Portraits; Still Life, Moving Image; Symbols and Myths; Photography; Sculpture
The Mosaic of the Air: Music and Melody
Sound; Flutes, Strings, Drums, and Horns; The Singing Voice; Meter and Time; Interpretation; Improvisation
On Stage: Acting and Performance
Character; The Speaking Voice; Using the Body; Monologue; Dialogue; Give-and-Take; Movement and Dance; Stages, Sets, and Costumes; Historical Drama; Film and Television
Between the Lines: Folk Art and Craft
Quilts; Masks; Cartoons and Comics; Graffiti and Pictographs; Postcards
Appendix: A Guide to Resources on the Internet