Drawing the Line: Creative Writing Through the Visual and Performing Arts

Drawing the Line: Creative Writing Through the Visual and Performing Arts

by Barry Gilmore

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Drawing the Line: Creative Writing Through the Visual and Performing Arts by Barry Gilmore

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780966323382
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/01/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Barry Gilmore, Ed.D., taught English and social studies for over 15 years before becoming a middle school principal in Memphis, TN. Barry is a National Board Certified teacher and Past-President of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English. As the author of seven books for teachers and numerous articles on topics ranging from the common core to plagiarism and classroom discussion methods, he regularly presents his teaching ideas to groups around the country. Gilmore has received numerous honors for his teaching, including the NCTE's Outstanding High School Educator Award, the U.S. Department of Education's American Star of Teaching Award, and the Tennessee Holocaust Commission's Educator of the Year. Barry Gilmore is a Heinemann Professional Development provider.

Table of Contents


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

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