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Lip Dubs: Yet Another Form of Literacy

Posted by mariamengel on August 8, 2011

It seems that the YouTube Lib Dub trend is catching on!  According to Wikipedia, a lip dub is “a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video”.

At JCC Camp By the Sea, children two years through grade ten attend summer camp in New Jersey and participate in several projects and athletic group activities.  One of their favorite projects includes a lib dub that all of the participants play a part in.  The students learn about lib dubbing, filming and editing videos, directing, mash ups, playing roles and drama, and music.  Here is one example of a lib dub created at JCC Camps, “The Ultimate Queen Mash Up“:

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Picture Writing and Image Making

Posted by mariamengel on July 22, 2011

At the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy in New Hampshire, students are combining visual arts and writing to promote writing literacy.  To get more information and to find workshops, visit the Picture Writing and Image-Making website.  This information, including examples of student work, was extracted directly from their site:

Picturing Writing and Image Making

…”are two dynamic art-and-literature based approaches to writing developed by Beth Olshansky to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles. Through the use of simple hands-on art experiences, the introduction of quality picture books, and an on-going Artists/Writers Workshop, these innovative approaches give children access to visual and kinesthetic as well as verbal modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. They allow all children to enter the writing process from a position of personal strength and enthusiasm”. 

One Quiet and Silent Night

Picturing Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art is an art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates visual modes of thinking at every stage of the writing process. Picturing Writing utilizes simple crayon resist art techniques and quality literature in a progression of mini-lessons that teach essential literacy skills to students with diverse learning styles.

Sarena and the Beautiful Skies

Image-Making Within The Writing Process is a dynamic art-and-literature-based approach to writing that integrates visual and kinesthetic modes of thinking at each and every stage of the writing process. Students begin by creating their own portfolio of beautiful hand-painted textured papers.

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Project SMARTArt

Posted by mariamengel on July 21, 2011

At The Center for Media Literacy website, SMARTArt is reviewed.   SMARTArt is a government funded media literacy case study in elementary school media literacy and arts education.  As we often read, multiliteracy projects in the classroom are designed for secondary education.  This is an excellent source for reviewing some incredible efforts put forth at Leo Politi Elementary School in the field of media literacy and arts education.  Leo Politi is in Los Angeles, CA.

Check out the SmARTArt website to read more about their case study and read about the lessons and integrated activities that students participated in.  Videos of their successes are also posted.  This video was the winner of the 2004 animation festival H2ed in New York.  “Playing with Guns” is a 30-second animation short produced by kindergarten students at Leo Politi Elementary School as part of Project SMARTArt, during a workshop conducted by AnimAction, Inc.

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Saving Arts Education in New Zealand

Posted by mariamengel on July 21, 2011

Arts Education in New Zealand, like in America, is continuing to move further and further down the hierarchy of knowledge and curriculum promoted by the state.  In an effort to “prevent further marginalisation” of the arts in New Zealand schools, the concept of multiliteracies is beginning to take hold in New Zealand’s “Arts Curriculum”.  The paper entitled Multiliteracies: A New Direction for Arts Education details the links between the traditional definition of “literacy” in the school curriculum and how it relates to music.  The article is written by Trevor Thwaites, Centre for the Arts, Auckland College of Education, Auckland, New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »

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“At-Risk” Adolescents: Redefining Literary Competence

Posted by mariamengel on July 19, 2011

image of Literacy Lab door

The Literacy Lab

To be labeled as “At-Risk”, a student will probably show signs of struggling in reading and writing.  According to the traditional definition of literacy, text, and writing, these students are often viewed as inept, lazy, or lacking in intelligence (O’Brien, 2001).

In the article titled “At-Risk Adolescents: Redefining Competence Through the Multiliteracies of Intermediality, Visual Arts, and Representation”, high school reading teacher David O’Brien discusses the various literary projects that his “at-risk” high school juniors have accomplished in their Literacy Lab (pictured above).

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