Implementing Vocabutoons in the English Language Arts Classroom: Drawing Their Way to Success
Keywords:vocabulary, middle and high school English language arts, art
AbstractAlthough vocabulary acquisition remains a critical to literacy development, teachers infrequently devote classroom time to vocabulary exercises. In this article, the author demonstrates the use of "vocabutoons" as an instructional activity which draws upon studentsâ€™ multiple literaciesâ€”in particular, visual literacyâ€”in order to foster vocabulary development. Tooning is based upon the belief that "[p]roficient readers visualize what they read as they construct meaning from a text" (Onofrey & Leikam 682). Representative artwork created by English Education majors enrolled in a young adult literature course at a university in the Midwest will be featured to highlight the tooning process.