Mind Movies: Using the Arts to Foster Reading Comprehension and Create Personal Meaning

By Lauren McCann.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Today’s youth lack the ability to visualize and create from imagination. Various technologies are producing images and giving immediate gratification. Through the arts, the author facilitates a struggling reader to illustrate his "mind movies.” With this, the student not only comprehends text, but also creates personal meaning, thus developing a love of reading. The works behind Reggio Emilia and Project Zero, along with those of John Dewey and Viktor Lowenfeld, are used to collaborate the author’s choices behind her work with her student. The arts provide tools for students to create and craft personal meaning.

Keywords: Theme: Literacies Learning, Literacy, Reading Comprehension, Arts Based Learning

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp.143-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 329.409KB).

Lauren McCann

PhD Student, Art Education Department, Concordia University/Lower Canada College, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

I am a full time practicing kindergarten teacher who has worked not only in Canada, but in the international school system as well. Having taught at The British School in Warsaw Poland and experienced the IBO program at the International School of Paris, my views and philosophies of education are well rounded. As I teach, I continue my studies and my research as I am a Ph.D. Art Education student at the University of Concordia. My research interests include the implication of the arts in your everyday classroom, specifically with regards to literacy. I am presently on a teaching sabbatical to focus on my research.