Visual Literacy in Action: English Language “Arts”

I taught one year of language arts classes at the high school level, and like I always do, I found as many ways as I could to incorporate creative activities into the curriculum.

Reading Peggy Albers’ stories in Finding the Artist Within brought to mind many of these projects. Here are some examples of my students’ visual texts in response to a poetry unit:

And recently, these ideas have caught my eye:

Teacher Girl Blogs: using character masks with Romeo and Juliet

Image as Metaphor (Education at the Getty)

The Inspired Classroom: Norman Rockwell Activity 4 Drawing Conclusions

If you still need some encouragement to begin incorporating art into your language arts lessons, read more about the benefits of this practice here. It’s pretty persuasive if you ask me.

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