Visual Writing: An Arts Integration Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the concept of Visual Writing, which is to give your words a physical appearance that enhances your meaning. aka: turning your words into art. Students learn about the history and application of Visual Writing, and then apply it to their own work. By the end of this lesson, students will have created a dynamic piece of writing, both visual and conceptual, in the shape of a silhouette.
Visual Writing is adaptable to students grades 5-12, and could be used in any subject, although it is primarily geared towards english and language classes. It includes everything you need (including a grading rubric!) for students to create a visual product that makes a beautiful display.
The great thing about this lesson is that it can be used for any unit. The PPT presentation is editable, and while the "writing assignment" slide is left blank, many prompt ideas can be found on the teaching guide. In this way, if you are doing a unit on poetry or short stories, you can customize this lesson to fit your needs.
There are 5 different silhouettes: 2 males, 2 females, and 1 generic template that can be used for anyone. These templates come in a variety of formats: lines, unlined, outlined, empty, etc. This means that there are an infinite amount of applications these could be used for.
Instructional editable PowerPoint presentation
2 page Printable "Creative Guide" for students
30 different PDF printable silhouette templates, lined and unlined
Teacher Guide with ideas for implementation & writing prompts
Grading rubric aligned with ELA Common Core
Middle School and High School Classes of any subject
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