The Art of Integrating the Arts: An Examination of Integrating the Fine Arts into Reading and Writing Instruction

Christine Szukalla, Illinois Wesleyan University
Robin Leavitt, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University

Description

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences during which I integrated the arts into the curriculum on a daily basis. The following questions were explored: 1) What does art integration look like in a third grade classroom? 2) How can I incorporate the arts into the teaching of all curricular areas? 3) How can the arts be used to promote literacy in the classroom? I adopted a self-study model of inquity, supplemented by lesson plans, student work, video tapes of my lessons, and field notes. My self-study involved developing and teaching a series of lessons focused on art integration. Through my study I concluded that the most effective way to use art integration is through a co-equal cognitive integration approach whereby students actively engage in the arts to deepen their understanding of the curriculum.

 
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The Art of Integrating the Arts: An Examination of Integrating the Fine Arts into Reading and Writing Instruction

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences during which I integrated the arts into the curriculum on a daily basis. The following questions were explored: 1) What does art integration look like in a third grade classroom? 2) How can I incorporate the arts into the teaching of all curricular areas? 3) How can the arts be used to promote literacy in the classroom? I adopted a self-study model of inquity, supplemented by lesson plans, student work, video tapes of my lessons, and field notes. My self-study involved developing and teaching a series of lessons focused on art integration. Through my study I concluded that the most effective way to use art integration is through a co-equal cognitive integration approach whereby students actively engage in the arts to deepen their understanding of the curriculum.