Interactive Arts for Total Literacy: DETAILS

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Welcome to the world of DETAILS. For approximately six weeks, this manual guides the teacher and learner in a multidisciplinary, multimodal, interactive and hands-on exploration of details in words, sounds, images, and movements. Why DETAILS? The ability to attend to details of the aural, visual and kinesthetic worlds provides the basis for all other learning.

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Welcome to the world of DETAILS. For approximately six weeks, this manual guides the teacher and learner in a multidisciplinary, multimodal, interactive and hands-on exploration of details in words, sounds, images, and movements. Why DETAILS? The ability to attend to details of the aural, visual and kinesthetic worlds provides the basis for all other learning.

The foundation of Total Literacy is the belief that music, movement/dance, visual art, and word language are equally essentials forms of communication that are both unique and inform one another. They are acquired early, and literacy in all is necessary for education to succeed. In a visually, aurally, and motorically complex world, many children do not gain the skills required to focus on details to communicate effectively by receiving and transmitting information.

There is little question about the power of arts-infused curriculum, and its impact on teaching and learning in primary literacy and language acquisition. Furthermore, the artistic processes of creating, performing, and responding provide opportunities for community building within the classroom and community. Total Literacy theory is deeply rooted in both research and practice. The success of Total Literacy is documented through an array of “scores,” ranging from standardized and teacher-made tests to teacher and student love school.