The goal of this textbook is to help teachers meaningfully integrate literature, art, drama, dance and music throughout the curricular area by providing an arts knowledge base, clear reasons for integration, and specific arts integration principles. The text's creative problem-solving process and integrated approach uses the arts as tools to learn. The only book on the market which clearly makes the case to integrate the arts on a daily basis, The Arts as Meaning Makers: Integrating Literature and the Arts Throughout the Curriculum, summarizes the concepts and skills of literature, visual art, drama, and dance methods and shows teachers how to plan and implement units and specific lessons which integrate at least one art form with a curricular area in each lesson.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapter on assessment in the arts.
  • Quotes: The powerful words of artists and teachers are presented to provoke thought and give rhythm to the reading material. These can be culled for classroom use as “quotes of the day.”
  • Classroom Vignettes: Although not present in all chapters, these vignettes are whole art forms that show how creative teachers craft lessons that meaningfully mingle art and math, science and drama, literature and dance, and social studies and art.
  • Activities: offer opportunities to practice new ideas and strategies with peers and in classroom settings.