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Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v5 n1 p17-40 2012

It is important to find the means by which struggling writers can find success in the English Language Arts. For students struggling with reading and writing, the visual arts may be a way of accessing and expressing their ideas and ultimately opening up a world of creative possibilities. This article explores drawing and painting as a pre-writing strategy. The article follows 6 third grade students as they participate in a workshop designed to facilitate poetry writing based on the students' artwork.

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Poetry, Creative Writing, Painting (Visual Arts), Childrens Art, Writing Strategies, Workshops, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Student Motivation, Self Expression, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Brainstorming, Psychological Patterns, Student Experience, Teaching Methods, Creative Activities, Creative Development, Editing, Writing Processes, Writing Instruction

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Author: Sears, Emilie


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