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Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

2012

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Graffiti Walls: Migrant Students And The Art Of Communicative Languages, Fernando Rodríguez-Valls, Sandra Kofford, Elena Morales Jan 2012

Graffiti Walls: Migrant Students And The Art Of Communicative Languages, Fernando Rodríguez-Valls, Sandra Kofford, Elena Morales

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

Visual Arts help to create communicative actions between teachers and students. In this article, we explain the interdisciplinary methodology –Visual Arts and Language Arts– utilized by three teachers and one faculty member at San Diego State University. The purpose of the project was to create a common ground and a shared agreement based on linguistic codes utilized in the classroom. For four weeks, forty-five high-school sophomore migrant students and the teaching team discussed and analyzed poetry, short stories, graphic novels, and movies. They later created visual expressions –Cultural Tags and Graffiti Walls –that reflected students’ views about their cultural identities ...