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Re: Art and Literacy Ideas?

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Michelle H. Harrell (mmhar)
Thu, 21 Jan 1999 14:26:17 PST

Hi Sara (and all)!
I'm so glad you asked about the literacy ideas because I finally
have a language arts teacher who wants to REALLY team teach a unit. (We
discussed on the listserv how team teaching with other teachers
sometimes means intergrating what they teach into an art project).
Anyway, we are making a poetry and art booklet.
Her 6th grade students will write peoms and my art students are
"commisioned" to illustrate the poems and interpret them through a line
drawing. After she has has taught the methods of art criticism to her
students (isn't that wonderful?!), they will write a letter describing,
analyzing, interpreting, and judging the artwork. Meanwhile my students
will look at the history of commissioning art work and learn to
understand how artists make a business. As my art students read and
interpret the language arts teacher's students criticisms, they will
make certain revisions as they see neccessary. I really believe this
will be a positive experience if the artworks and poems are anonymous to
the kids and everything is handled with a certain amount of
professionalism and sensitivity.
We plan to do this after the writing test March 1st and turn this
into a paperback booklet. There will be a couple of days where we
combine classes or switch (I teach the LA kids and she talks to my art
kids). I would be interested in hearing any suggestions (or warnings).

I'm so excited!
Michelle Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, NC 27603

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