Starr Sackstein combines drawing and literature in her classroom. In her article, “Make it Visual: Students Draw Austen’s characters,” she believes that the process of students drawing what they read “connect them to the work and allow them to make meaning on their own.” Through drawing, we can bring literature to life in the classroom. Sackstein argues that “Too often students are accustomed to teachers having an expectation of what they are supposed to learn about a text that they don’t know how to approach a text on their own. They never learn to trust their gut when they read.” Arguably, drawing can bridge this gap in literary studies.
More literary teachers should consider incorparting Sackstein’s methods into their own classrooms.