Elizabeth Stuart Whitehead taught elementary art for nine years and was the content specialist for art, theatre, and dance for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland, for seven years. Currently, she is Visual Art Supervisor for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. Prince George’s County is a pioneer in Arts Integration (AI) with 75+ model schools and growing.
Jennifer Klein is currently a reading specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools. Over the course of her career, she has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, gifted and talented teacher, staff developer, and teacher trainer for MCPS. Over the past several years, she has merged these passions to create after-school and summer workshops for children including the Artist/Readers’ Workshop and the Artist/Writers’ Workshop, and has also taught at the Rehoboth Art league in Rehoboth, Delaware.
Using Art to Teach Writing comprehensively and creatively addresses the teaching of writing to developing and struggling young writers. This well-resourced book encourages the use of a multiplicity of modalities through art. It recognizes the power of art as a language that can be harnessed to develop skills in writing. We create “images” prior to learning to create text, so to me, this is perceptive and intelligent thinking.
Once again, Klein and Whitehead are brilliant in crafting a book that provides a practical, classroom-friendly approach to teaching the specific traits of writing. Facing a blank page before writing can be a scary experience for some children. By comparison, the same children might feel very comfortable discussing a painting or other work of art. The teacher can ask, “What do you see?” After examining or creating a piece of art, children can then begin to apply a similar thought process to their writing.
Using Art to Teach Writing Comprehension Strategies provides practical activities and pathways that support utilizing art as a primary source for student-centered engagement and learning. The research-based and standards aligned lessons are applicable across disciplines and support the development of essential 21-st century skills in multiple contexts, including the museum setting.
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