Within The Writing Process is a dynamic
art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates visual
and kinesthetic modes of thinking at each and every stage of the
writing process. Students begin by creating their own portfolio
of beautiful hand-painted textured papers.
papers not only spark story ideas but also become the raw materials
for constructing stunning collage images. As students literally
give shape to their ideas through cutting and pasting, they are
able to rehearse, draft, and revise their stories long before setting
pencil to paper.
they build a sequence of images to tell their story, they are able
to orally rehearse their story-line through "reading their
pictures." Rich descriptive language is literally at their
fingertips. Brainstorming sheets, especially designed for each page
of writing, help students to access and record "silver dollar
words." This hands-on process has proven itself to be particularly
effective for at-risk students, those who struggle with traditional
methods of writing.
in grades K-12, Image-Making can be used to teach a variety of genres
including fairy tales, myths, legends, research-based stories or
poetry, and can be easily integrated into the science and social