Moon Journals Writing, Art, and Inquiry Through Focused Nature Study

ISBN-10: 0435072218

ISBN-13: 9780435072216

Edition: 1997

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[This book] is one of the richest resources we've seen. It's from none other than Heinemann . . .We've seen more journals in the last few years than we knew existed. This one is definitely worth knowing about. - Teaching K8 One of our greatest sources of wonderthe moonbecomes the focus of a classroom inquiry in this vivid illustration of integrated curriculum at its finest. Here, teachers Joni Chancer and Gina Rester-Zodrow recount how their students observed the moon's transit for twenty-eight days, recording their impressions in written and illustrated records called "Moon Journals." As time goes by, we see these journals evolve from empirical observations into rich anthologies filled with prose, poetry, and artistic renderings using watercolors, pastels, printmaking materials, collage, and more. As the students experiment with multiple forms of composition, they begin to make sense of the worldand their place in itin surprising ways. Moon Journals contains some twenty-eight Writing Invitations and twenty-eight Art Invitations that are actually mini-lessons. Each is illustrated with samples from actual Moon Journals and each includes easy-to-follow, step-by step instructions for reproduction in the classroom. Also included are a full-color insert, samples of teachers' own journals, a bibliography, discussions on developing portfolios and the studio/workshop environment, and a chapter exploring the theoretical underpinnings of this approach to writing, art, and science investigation. Moon Journals was written primarily for K-8 teachers, but it can also be used in high school and even at home. Above all, it is meant to serve as a model of fruitful inquiry in any subject area--in the realm of nature, or beyond.
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Book details

List price: $49.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/30/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 211
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.30" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Joni Chancer began her teaching career in Melbourne, Australia, and is currently a fourth-grade teacher at Montecito Union School in Montecito, California. As a co-director of the South Coast Writing Project and Literature Institute for Teachers (University of California, Santa Barbara), she has helped teachers throughout the United States create studio/workshop environments for multimodal literacy in their classrooms.

List of Color Illustrations
About This Book
The Making of a Studio/Workshop
A Classroom Story
Mapping the Journey
The Process Pages
The Writing Invitations
The Art Invitations
A Final Invitation to the Teacher: Keeping a Moon Journal of Your Own
Afterword: Beyond Moon Journals
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