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Inquiry into Self-Reflection: Who Am I? Nassau BOCES Approved Literacy Initiative

Updated on October 23, 2013
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Summoning Up the Greatness Within All of Us

Inquiry into Self-Reflection: Who Am I?

Students tap into the affective and existential domains by entering into a self-reflective arts and technology-infused "literacy initiative." This initiative will require the use of mobile phones, social media, and a computer lab (a computer for each student or one per team).

Students will:

1. Cultivate art interpretation skills
(oral persuasive argument)
2. Acquire sustained observational skills and
listening skills
3. Master attention to detail
4. Compare, contrast and analyze two bodies of
5. Engage in multiple perspectives across
cultural, social, political, historical, and
economic contexts
6. Draw upon and apply 4 literacy strategies
7. Support understanding through synthesis
(process and product, creation of a work of
technological art as well as a written

This Nassau BOCES approved program aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the NYS Standards for literacy and the arts.At its heart, it employs the CCSS of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Allotment of this residency: 45 minutes to 1 hour for 4 class periods. Grades 4,5,6,7,8 Cost, $1,600.00


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  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    3 years ago from New York

    teaches12345 Sorry it took so long to respond. I have a writer's block and have not come here that often. I am glad you enjoyed it and found value in its educational seed.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    This sounds like a good challenge for students. Thanks for sharing this information.

  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    4 years ago from New York

    billybuic Thanks for ALWAYS visiting me. Reading a painting is much like reading text. We deeply observe, we figure out what is going on via the details and we formulate an opinion, then supporting our opinions with those details. In reading, we see letters that have sounds that form words that create sentences that convey thoughts and deliver a message. We learn words via context. At the end, both give way to narratives.

    Through art interpretation, we learn to see and read the bountiful stories around us. As consumers of info today on the social media sites, we are bombarded with data and pictures, and we learn to navigate this realm by fostering strong reading skills. I propose that the arts enables us to bring this goal to fruition. It is metacognitive and high order thinking (builds analytical skills).

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I like the list of things the students will do. I know nothing about this program, but as an ex-teacher I'm all for the goals as listed. Thanks for the information, Robin!


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