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Narrative Art and Story Elements Part 2: Conflict

This is part two of How to Use Narrative Art to Teach Elements of a story. Part one discussed setting.

Analyzing narrative art teaches students how to observe and think critically about the world around them.

Narrative Art is particularly … Read More

How to Use Art to Teach Inferencing

Art is powerful- it can be interpreted, discussed and debated.  This brings us opportunities to use it to not only teach children how to make inferences, but to think critically and reflect on their own thought process.  The key is … Read More

Story Starter Challenge

Win a Free Print of this image as well as critical thinking graphic organizers! Simply watch the short video and answer the questions below, it’s that easy. The first person to answer all three questions correctly will win an … Read More

Toughness and Grit Pay Off in the Classroom

The 60s may have been all about hippies and ‘free love’, but in the classroom, teachers still held students to a higher standard- and students benefited from it.

Joanne Lipman, a former deputy managing editor of The Wall Street … Read More

How Comic Strip Storyboards Help Students Sequence a Story

For many students, sequencing a story can be difficult.  Often, it makes sense in their mind, but when they try to organize their thoughts on paper, it becomes a hot mess.  They are bursting with ideas, characters and dynamic scenes, … Read More

Doodle Heroes- Draw, Write and Think Divergently

Doodle Heroes Save the Day- Lesson on Drawing, Writing and Thinking Divergently Why Creative Writing Inspired by Student Art Works So Well…

Kids love to doodle, in math class, social studies, wherever.  Some of their drawings are fantastic- and … Read More

Shakespeare Afficionados: Win a FREE Shakespeare Illustration!

Shakespeare quotes are classic- dripping with hidden (and sometimes not so hidden) meaning. Inspire your students with this original one-of-a-kind Shakespeare illustration! (see image below)

It’s quite simple: post your favorite Shakespeare quote in the comments section and you can … Read More

Technology is a Crutch for Critical Thinking

Just because someone is using some form of technology in the classroom (internet, MS Word, Prezzi, iMovie, Edmodo, Google docs, and the list goes on), it does not inherently mean that critical thinking is taking place.  These are simply tools … Read More

For Children, Art is About Control

Art is about many things, but for my 7th grade art students, it’s about freedom and control.   Many of today’s kids are over scheduled (I know, shocker).   I can ask my students on Monday what they will be … Read More

07 Jul '13

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Looking Like Me Art and Poetry Lesson

In my seventh grade art class, I’ve used this beautiful picture book, Looking Like Me, by Walter Dean Myers.   It is a colorful picture book telling the story of a young boy, and who he thinks he is, as seen … Read More