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Envisioning Writing.

ENVISIONING WRITING. Janet L. Olson. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1992. Illustrated, 176 pp., softcover, $18.50.

A need to integrate drawing and writing in our elementary schools is the hypothesis behind the approach to learning advocated in this book. Distinctions between verbal and visual learning are explored, and valid points are made in support of the many children who learn more easily by observation and image than by sound or the written word. Olson enlivens her pages with many line drawings by elementary school students who use pencil and crayon to project fantasies, illustrate stories and explore ideas. From historical writing practice to the whole-language programs of today, the author notes similarities between visual and verbal learning and learners, and expands understandings of the role of drawing in developing literacy. Recommended for elementary art and general classroom teachers as well as for reading specialists.
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Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1993
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