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Re: Writing in the art room/Writing teachers???

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DWHEEL5645_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Oct 21 2000 - 16:49:33 PDT


I teach high school art, but I used to teach Junior / Senior english - what a
combination!?!? Our district requires a writing assignment(5 paragraphs min.)
per 6 weeks, per class, and we're on the block schedule, so that adds up to a
hefty NINE writing assignments for all fresh. and sophs. at least, older kids
have early release and TEP, etc. so the district has made it a very high
priority.
So, we write about art. It ties in with whatever we're doing at the time and
includes art history, criticism, aesthetics, etc. And I use a rubric that
the kids get back with their papers. It's a tough one, as tough as any I used
in English. We use class time, and sometimes it takes 2 classes, but I feel
it's worth it. I make elaborate assignments, with pictures, music and a 30
min. explanation. The way I grade rationalize it that it fits in with the
Texas TEKS, and the DBAE, so I treat it very seriously - it is weighted as a
test grade. Kids learn art words, etc. The kids hate it at first, but I love
it(I hate grading them because it does take alot of time) The kids also have
the option of taking their corrected paper and rewriting it with my
corrections, and they get a 100 added in as another test grade.
Anywhooo, that's how I handle it. If they can write about art, then it takes
the whole process to another level. Even the special ed. students do it,
altho I modify the length, give extra time, extra credit if they type it and
run it thru spell and grammar check(in my room after school or at lunch!!!)
Thanks!! Deb W