- The visual arts, music, and drama provide effective ways
for students to develop literary envisionments.
- Teachers are integrating history, social studies, science,
and even math with literary experiences.
- Students benefit cognitively when they are exposed to
various art forms while studying literature. Art, drama,
and music enable students to explore their literary understandings
more deeply and expand their thinking about texts.
- Integrating social studies, history, and science with
literature study helps students by adding a human dimension
to the content. Embedding literature study in the context
of social studies, history, or science helps students expand
their literary understandings.
- Art, drama, and music can provide different points of
entry into literature, especially for students with diverse
- The arts can provide realistic or metaphorical representations
of literary meanings.
- To maximize their value in the literature classroom, art,
drama, and music should be integral to literature study,
not just seen as add-ons.
- Art provides students with another way to talk about their
- Visual art, drama, and music provide additional ways for
teachers to see students thinking about a literary text
as well as a way to help students develop their understandings.
- The arts elevate literacy comprehension and further envisionment-building
because they force students to shuttle back and forth between
their literary understandings and their artistic creations.
- Having students dramatize characters or situations helps
further their understandings. Skits, role-playing, and other
dramatic activities help students understand characters
and the situations they are in.
- Dramatic activities provide excellent ways for students
to share what they have read with one another.
- Convincing administrators, parents, and other teachers
of the value of integrating the arts in the literature classroom
can be difficult; others may view the arts as non-essential,
or even frivolous.
- The arts can help students develop their sense of imagery,
an important aspect of envisionment-building.
- Social studies and history are often paired with literature
because literature offers new ways of seeing historical
periods and events.
- Contextualizing literature with social studies and history
enriches the study of the literature.