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The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy through Art, Grades K-6

The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy through Art, Grades K-6

by Beth Olshansky

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In The Power of Pictures book and companion DVD, Beth Olshansky introduces teachers to her innovative art-based approach to literacy instruction. Widely practiced in classrooms across the country, the model has been proven by research to improve literacy achievement with a wide range of learners, especially those who struggle with verbal skills. At the heart of her approach is the Artists/Writers Workshop. Through study of quality picture books and hands-on art experiences, students learn to visualize, “paint pictures with words,” and ultimately create their own extraordinary artistic and literary work. The book and DVD explain how any teacher can successfully use this process to enable all students, particularly low performers, to make dramatic gains in both reading and writing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787996673
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/18/2008
Series: Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
Edition description: DVD Included
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 985,655
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


BETH OLSHANSKY is director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Developer of two dynamic art-based literacy models, Beth oversees and manages a nationwide teacher-training program (

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

The Author xxiii

About the DVD xxv

Part One: The Foundation

1. Why Build Art into Literacy Learning? 3

2. Bringing Words and Pictures Together: A New Model 19

Part Two: The Workshop Process

3. Reading: Study of Quality Picture Books 45

4. Art: Thinking in Pictures 55

5. Writing: Weaving Pictures into Words 71

6. Refining and Celebrating the Work 89

7. Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Lessons 103

8. Developing Visual Literacy: Study of Two Picture Books 125

9. Mini-Lessons: Painting to Writing 155

10. Conclusion: The Power of Pictures 183

Appendix A: Program Effectiveness: Research Results 187

Appendix B: Instructional Tools 209

References 219

Index 223

Contents of the DVD 232

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