A frontispiece is a drawing or illustration or art work facing the title page of a book or before a section of a larger work. It’s purpose is to inform the reader either of a thematic possibility in the text that follows or of some other aspect of the work that should focus the reader’s attention. Let’s use the idea here to launch into a type of activity where the student can demonstrate some higher level thinking and work a bit outside the medium of written text. The idea is very basic and begins with a reading of the text. I suggest beginning with shorter works, especially poetry. The leaner reads through the work twice (it’s preferable if one of the readings is done aloud). This is followed by giving the learner three works of art to also closely read. What the learner is looking for is a connection or multiple connections between the art and the written text. As a guide it’s important to note that there is not a “correct” answer to mark as right or wrong. There is, however, a justified answer which the learner must be prepared to identify and verbalize either in spoken or written format. This justification is where the guide can identify the depth and breath of the learner’s thinking as well as the depth and breadth of their understanding of the text.
This is an additional exercise to go along with the original activity outlined in the mini-unit "Connecting Poetry to Art". This exercise provides two sets of three art pieces which can be used to connect to the poem. A rubric is available on the mini-unit "Connecting Poetry to Art".