Using Art to Teach Reading – #BLOG365 Day 65



Over the last few days I have shared Picturing America a few times with colleagues. It’s funny how resources float in and out of your mind. I don’t think I had thought about Picturing America for months. But, yesterday I asked a friend “do you ever using art to teach history?”

Today I have literacy on my brain and it got me thinking about all the resources out there for teaching literacy through art. There is a narrative behind every work of art. Every piece of art can become a story too.


Art is an engaging tool to teach reading and it can bridge the gap for students struggling with inference, summarizing, and many other reading strategies.

When you observe a work of art you are using many of the same skills and strategies you use as a reader. Instead of readers working to understand written language they are learning to understand visual language.

Here are some of my favorite resources for using art in a literacy classroom:

J. Paul Getty Museum: Telling Stories Lessons

Using Art to Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies by Jennifer Klein and Elizabeth Stuart

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Teaching Literacy Through the Arts by Nan L. McDonlad and Douglas Fisher


Kennedy Center ArtsEdge

Guggenheim Learning Through Art Curriculum

I would love to hear about other resources for using art across all content areas. Comment below or connect with me at @JCrossEdu.

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