ERIC Number: EJ714447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Reference Count: 23
Merging Literacies: A Case Study
Batel, Virginia B.
Childhood Education, v81 n4 p196 Sum 2005
A small, but perhaps not so unusual, miracle is happening in one of the poorest elementary schools in Charleston County, South Carolina. Two kindergarten teachers at Mary Ford Elementary School, with the help of the school's art teacher and a kindergarten specialist, have effectively combined a focus on art with daily read-alouds and the use of the Lucy Calkins (2003) series on the writing workshop, which is an approach to integrated reading and writing. As a result, the students are budding authors and illustrators who are making connections between the visual arts and their own developing reading and writing skills. Teachers Martha Dent and Joanne Batten, with over 50 years of teaching experience between them, at Mary Ford Elementary School; Bill Meisburger, the school art teacher and adjunct professor of drawing and painting at the College of Charleston; and kindergarten specialist Chris Rogers-Berry are eager to boast about the children's progress. This article describes their journey.
Descriptors: Fine Arts, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education, Integrated Curriculum, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Kindergarten, Writing Workshops, Art Education, Elementary Schools, Emergent Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina