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Violent Red, Ogre Green, and Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential through Media
by S. Rebecca Leigh
|Grades||K – 8|
This article reports on the meaning potential of daily access to drawing/writing media for widening and deepening meaning construction. In a yearlong study in a second grade classroom, the author worked with a second-year teacher to see what would happen when art and language were encouraged ways of knowing in which children could construct meaning. The power of media was an unexpected finding in the study. This paper explores and examines how different drawing/writing media – marker, crayon, pencil, color pencil, pen, pastel, and paint - influences what children think about and how they construct meaning through pictures and words as a result. Analysis of students’ drawn and written responses, audio taped talk in four different structures, and interview data suggest that children were able to use media in meaningful ways.
Leigh, S. Rebecca. "Violent Red, Ogre Green, And Delicious White: Expanding Meaning Potential Though Media." Language Arts 87(4) (2010): 252-262.
Grades 3 – 6 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Using different writing/drawing materials (e.g., markers, color pencils, pastels, etc.), students learn how to communicate different moods and/or feelings to support their written ideas and how authors do the same through their work.
Grades K – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
In this series of four lessons, students will explore key elements of design in Little Blue and
Little Yellow to learn about setting, character relationships, and plot.