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Teaching Literacy Through the Arts


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Table of Contents

1. The Five W's of Integrated Arts
2. The Role of Music in Literacy Achievement
3. The Role of Visual Art in Literacy Achievement
4. The Role of Drama in Literacy Achievement
5. The Role of Dance and Movement in Literacy Achievement
6. Putting It All Together
Appendix A. Stormy Weather: Leading Purposeful Curriculum Integration with and through the Arts
Appendix B. Movin' Along: The Poetry of Transportation
Appendix C. Expressive Literacy within Musical Listening: The Moldau, a Symphonic Poem by Smetana
Appendix D. Haiku: Active Learning with and through the Arts
Appendix E. American Panoramas: A Literature-Based Integrated Arts Curriculum Unit
Appendix F. Jazz Listening Activities: Children's Literature and Authentic Music Samples

About the Author

Nan L. McDonald, EdD, is Associate Professor of Music Education at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance and also teaches integrated arts to teachers and students in K-12 classrooms. She is the author of numerous articles in music, arts, and literacy journals as well as a program author for the Scott Foresman/Silver Burdett Music K-8 music text series Making Music. Dr. McDonald is the Director of Integrated Arts for the City Heights Educational Collaborative and is the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding University Music Educator Award from the California Association for Music Education and the 2003 Outstanding Faculty Award from San Diego State University College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Douglas Fisher, PhD, a former English teacher and language development specialist, is Professor of Language and Literacy Education at San Diego State University and the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Educational Collaborative. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles and books on reading and literacy, integrated arts, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design.


'Teachers know that children learn by doing and creating. This book gives teachers a deeper understanding of how to teach with and through the arts to increase literacy learning, and provides needed guidance and support. Demonstrated are ways in which a variety of art activities can be used to meet clear instructional goals.' "- Dana Reisboard Korin, doctoral candidate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey" 'This practical and meaningful book is among the first of its kind. Written by content experts who collaborated with dedicated teachers, the book articulates innovative activities and integrated instructional units that reflect the National Standards for Arts Education. Throughout, an abundance of comments and anecdotes from teachers demonstrate the impact of teaching through the arts to enhance literacy instruction.' "- Robin A. Ward, PhD, University of Arizona"" "

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