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Re: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?


Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 09:51:29 PDT

In a message dated 10/22/00 9:13:00 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

<< I have yet to see any writing and reading activity going on
in a physical education class. >>
Our Phy Ed teacher has students doing internet resarch on health and exercise
topics right now. The end product will be a written report on critical issues
in physical well-being. In addition, our tech ed teacher has students make a
small book with text and illustrations on safety as well as a report on the
topic they are studying (propulsion, right now.) We are in a middle school
and have a reading specialist who helps all of us design activities that
support reading and writing across the curriculum and also assists us with
dilemmas such as how much editing is necessary and what should be displayed,
etc. It sounds as though this might be unusual ????
In art, as a final exam, I have my students write a fairly extensive
statement about their painting, including a discussion of content, technique
and self evaluation. The statements are very revealing. I introduce it as an
opportunity to practice for the standardized test that our 8th graders take
in writing. I give them a copy of the rubric which will be used and read a
few excellent examples before they start.