Finding the Right Words: Art Conversations and Poetry

  • File Type: Text
  • Level: Elementary
  • Selected Literacy Topics: Writing
  • Educator Mary Ann Reilly has used art conversations as an instructional method with several hundred students and their teachers. In this Language Arts article, she describes a project in which middle school students learning English engaged in dialogue about the topic of journeys, "conversed" nonverbally with paint, and then expressed some of their thoughts in the form of poetry. Reilly reflects on the power of instruction that makes use of transmediation—"the movement between and among communications systems"—and shares the positive results experienced by teachers and students involved in this project, which had a continued positive effect on classroom community and student literacy achievement even after the project ended.


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