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ERIC Number: EJ724890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 7
Support Diversity through the Arts
Gregoire, Michele A.; Lupinetti, Jude
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v41 n4 p159-163 Sum 2005
The arts are the great equalizer in education. Regardless of native language, ability, or disability, music, art, and drama are accessible to all. Because the arts are largely nonverbal and focus on creativity, students in any classroom can participate in various satisfying ways. Further, this participation can lead to better understanding and ultimately higher levels of performance in other academic subjects that may demand well-developed abilities with language. Consequently, success in school for many students can be supported and facilitated through an arts program that is infused throughout the curriculum by elementary, secondary, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and special-education teachers. This paper describes a project at Biloxi High School (Mississippi) in which art and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers cooperated to use the making of handmade paper as a sheltered English project. The key idea behind the Biloxi project was to demonstrate, through the making of handmade paper, how art is created from found materials or from materials available to any culture at a given time or place. The art teachers developed the content objectives that included, for example, exploring nature to learn how found objects and recycled materials could be turned into works of art. Objectives included extending those observations to learn how various cultures, particularly those represented by the students in the class, viewed such objects of art. The job of the ESL teacher was to take the art objectives and craft language objectives that matched and supported them. The authors have found this project to be a springboard for other projects that combine the teaching of the arts and English as a second language. From this experience, students may create culturally specific art forms that enhance their understanding and appreciation of the diversity in American school settings. This article includes a page of detailed instructions for making handmade paper.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Art Education, Student Diversity, Cultural Pluralism, High Schools, Art Teachers, Language Teachers, Integrated Curriculum, Art Activities, Paper (Material)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi