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Envisioning Writing: Toward and Integration of Drawing and Writing / Edition 1

Envisioning Writing: Toward and Integration of Drawing and Writing / Edition 1

by Janet Olson


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Many children learn more easily and naturally by observation and image, rather than by sound and cipher. It is not at all unusual for children with high visual aptitudes to record and express their experiences and feelings in highly detailed drawings; when asked to express those same feelings in words, however, they draw a blank. These children are "visual learners."

In Envisioning Writing, Janet Olson articulates classroom strategies to help teachers understand these children better and thereby facilitate a higher level of learning for the visual learner. Detailing the strong similarities between the visual arts and the language arts, Olson describes how the writing skills of today's elementary students can be dramatically improved through a method called the "visual narrative approach" to writing. She sets guidelines to help teachers identify the children in their classrooms who will benefit most from this method of instruction.

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ISBN-13: 9780435087005
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 05/18/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Janet L. Olson is a nationally recognized authority in Art Education, having presented her research on drawing and writing at various conferences and consultations, including the National Art Education Association, the International Reading Association, the Whole Language Umbrella, and the National Council for the Teachers of English. She has taught art al all academic levels from kindergarten through graduate school, and conducts workshops for the teachers of various public school systems. She is presently Associate Professor of Art Education at the School of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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