Integrating reading writing and thinking skills into the music class

By Susan Riley T Music and literacy go hand in hand.

Integrating reading writing and thinking skills into the music class

Perkins Imagine that we have the opportunity to observe two classrooms where the teachers are discussing the Boston Tea Party. Both teachers have been integrating certain ideas across several subject matters, but they do not have the same agenda. In classroom A, the teacher highlights an integrative theme mentioned earlier in this book, dependence and independence.

The students have already read the history of the Boston Tea Party. To foster collaborative learning, the teacher divides the class into groups of two or three.

Language English Music education is uniquely suited to reinforce several basic skills that are part of the overall reading and writing processes of students. Musicians should develop the habit of using journals for capturing responses to music heard and first attempts at composing, as well as for including other written material about music.

The students set out to diagram some of the intricacies behind the Boston Tea Party. For example, the Boston tea sellers were not entirely dependent on British tea; there was a thriving black market in Dutch tea.

This time, I want you to highlight relationships of dependency. Who depends on whom, how much, and in what ways? A distinction was promised between content and skills integration, yet the two teachers seem to be doing essentially the same thing.

In both classrooms A and B, the students are working in groups, making diagrams, and highlighting dependency relationships. Where, then, lies the difference? The difference cannot be seen clearly in one lesson on one topic. However, if we look across several lessons in different subjects, we begin to see the essence of two contrasting attempts at integration across the curriculum.

In classroom A, the approach is thematic: In another lesson, an introduction to the concept of ecology, the teacher involves the students in discussing not concept mapping patterns of dependence and independence in the food web. In exploring a short story about a child who runs away from home, the students make up additional episodes for the story, showing how the child just shifts his dependencies rather than become independent.

However, in classroom B, where the students also study ecology and read the story about the boy who ran away, matters play out differently. As part of their ecology unit, the students make a concept map of the ecological system of a pond: They highlight cause-and-effect relationships and predict the behavior of the system over time.

After the students read the short story, the teacher asks them to prepare concept maps of the problems the child faces upon running away from home: These examples illustrate the difference between content-oriented integration and skill-oriented integration.

The Skills-Content Relationship: Contrasting Visions

In this chapter, we focus on the potentials of integrating thinking and learning skills across the curriculum. When, how, and why might we cultivate such an approach to integration?

integrating reading writing and thinking skills into the music class

What are its promises and its pitfalls? Contrasting Visions In its broadest sense curriculum integration embraces not just the interweaving of subjects e. While virtually all educators agree that students ought to acquire both skills needed to acquire knowledge and some knowledge itself, there is nowhere near unanimity on how instruction aiming toward these complementary sets of goals should be organized.

But there are many obstacles to systematic skills-content integration.

integrating reading writing and thinking skills into the music class

To bring these issues to the fore, it is helpful to contrast a standard view of the relationship between skills and content and a futuristic alternative. What is most striking in the prevailing approach to skills and content is the dichotomy between elementary and secondary education.

The skill teaching orientation is so pervasive that it engulfs whatever it comes in contact with. Thus, basal readers run students through a gauntlet of literature skills in addition to regular reading skills, social studies emphasizes map skills, and proponents of higher-level thinking see their elevated visions transformed into still more skills lists.

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Proponents of teaching reading and writing skills across the elementary curriculum receive a mixed reaction.Integrating Reading, Writing, and Thinking Skills into the Music Class. Duke, Charles R. Music education is uniquely suited to reinforce several basic skills that are part of .

the integration of reading and writing literacy into a visual arts curriculum can strengthen literacy skills as well as foster creative thinking at the middle school level. There is a growing demand for the integration of literacy in all core, and non-core.

8 presented,each&preservice&teacherwasaskedtochooseandobserve&a&music&class&to& identifyonelanguageHrelatedissuethat&appeared&to&interfere&with&optimal&teaching&and&. ACTIVITIES FOR INTEGRATING READING AND WRITING IN THE Ruth Spack and Vivian Zamel inspired me to delve deeper into the nature of the reading and writing relationship and provided me with insights as to how I could encourage Recent thinking about the nature of reading and writing views the two skills as interdependent and transactive.

Integrating Music and Literacy. you are doing something special with your class, and as you listen, you can also model good skills that transfer to literacy. Visualization. Then, we transfer these concepts into our writing and reading.

Doing this helps the concept stick. Though the connection between reading and writing seems to be a "given," reading was not always a dominant force in writing classrooms. In the nineteenth century, students did not typically write analyses of what they read, but instead wrote themes on prescribed topics, such as .