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Lesson Plans


Dictionarys

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henry (taylorh)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 09:20:23 -0700 (MST)


On Tue, 10 Sep 1996, Sears, Ellen wrote:

> Gee, I would expect more from a dictionary. SIGH.

Dictionarys and Glossarys are good starting places, but I think we each
need to take some responsibility and elaborate personal responses to what
dictionarys begin. Build your own dictionary!

Dr. Robert Belton up north at Okanagan University has a good resource
called "Words of Art" (sorry don't have the URL handy) and Michael
Delahunt, an Art teacher, at Sonoran Sky Elem., Scottsdale, AZ has a
wonderful site called: ArtLex-- the lexicon / dictionary of art
terminology on the Web at:

http://www.aristotle.com/sskystorage/Art/ArtLex.html

We all select different words to include and develop different
interpretations. I've learned quite a bit reading the definitions of
others and have come to personal definitions that are uniquely my own.

Its a good exercise and one that could be translated into a classroom.
Work with your kids to build a dictionary on your schools web page!
Start connecting other kids art dictionary. Consider revising the
dictionary in each school year. Let these understandings GROW and reflect
ongoing learning. American Heritage and Merriam Websters are now usually
starting to be out of date by the time they are published.

Our language is not something decided upon by panels of experts. Experts
review our common usages and try to codify them. Nothing to stop any one
with an interest from doing much the same thing.

-henry