Again, I had my preservice teachers collaborate to create visuals that portrayed emotional connections to “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros–a short text about a young girl who experiences her eleventh birthday with hurt and pain as she is wrongly accused (by the teacher and a few classmates) of leaving a raggedy red sweater too long in the cloakroom. The short story is powerful–so much so that invariably a few of my students choose to use this short text with various strategic teaching lessons in their field classrooms.
Here are the visuals they created from “Eleven,” and the link below is to my post of last spring–amazing how art can reveal what words cannot.
When Visuals are Just Right…
The text, “Eleven,” can be found in the following collection of short stories by Sandra Cisneros..available on Amazon or BN, or your favorite online resource:
She also has a fabulous website http://www.sandracisneros.com
Interpreting text through sensory images provides a rich experience for readers. Last semester preservice teacher students worked in small groups to create a visual representation of the short, powerful text we were working through: “Salvador, Late or Early” by Sandra Cisneros. If you know this text about a young boy too soon with the responsibilities of an adult, too soon to leave childhood though yet a child, too late to be care and worry free, you can see how deeply my students connected through these visuals. The visuals reveal understanding of the reading comprehension strategies we focus on: inferring, determining what is important, making connections…..this semester’s group will create a team visual interpretation of “Eleven,” another Cisneros text. Expression through the arts is as critical as verbal-linguistic expression.
Below the visuals I’ll post images of my to go-to Cisneros books.
(Note: Be selective with Woman Hollering Creek and Vintage Cisneros. Some content too mature for middle graders)
Democracy through Art
Art is a language….and can help students to understand the abstractness of terms such as democracy. I love how this teacher allows the arts to be the medium of expression in this History lesson.
The Artist’s Toolkit is an interactive website that focuses on all elements of art, and fun along with learning. It features an artist’s palette and the rest is left to your imagination and play. All of the arts support writing—learning the basic elements of the visual arts can add wonderful layers to student writing work.
Check it out and play at: http://artsconnected.org/toolkit/index.html