Literary Weaving Strip – Art to Explore and Explain

Thinking - 2Critical Thinking using Art

Here’s a multi-purpose activity for students grades 7-12 that can be used to assess student understanding  of literature, as a book report assignment, or as a pre-writing assignment before writing college application essays.

On a 2 inch, 2 foot strip of adding machine tape, students use their higher order thinking skills to portray in images, words, and colors, the theme, conflict, or characters from a piece of literature, or to capture the essence of their own personalities. It’s an idea adapted from an article by Nancy J. Johnson Voices in the Middle, September, 1997.  Click here for full assignment  literary weaving-strip.  Here’s a link to ART Alternative Assessment – AJ Roseboro describing reasons art works.

Note Part II of assignment.  When used with Seniors, their strips serve as pre-writes for collge essays.  Note on picture:  What We Read and Who We Are.



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7 thoughts on “Literary Weaving Strip – Art to Explore and Explain

    1. Students really enjoy having the opportunity to show what they know in different ways. I thoroughly enjoy seeing new ways of looking at literature. This kind of assignment helps create a space for both. Thanks for taking time to comment.

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