Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art
is an art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates
visual modes of thinking at every stage of the writing process.
Picturing Writing utilizes simple crayon resist art techniques and
quality literature in a progression of mini-lessons that teach essential
literacy skills to students with diverse learning styles.
Artists/Writers Workshop, students draft their ideas in images first.
They learn how to create pictures that tell a story and write words
that paint pictures. As students become fluent in two languages,
they are able to approach writing from a position of strength according
to their individual learning style. The key elements of story are
taught through the dual languages of pictures and words.
brainstorming sheets help students access rich descriptive language
from "reading their pictures." This language-rich visual
process supports the creation of descriptive passages, poetry, personal
narrative, fiction, research-based stories, and descriptive report
writing. Picturing Writing has been implemented in grades K-12 and
is easily integrated into the science and social studies curriculum.