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2nd/3rd Grade

Can art tell a story?

Narrative art with Faith Ringgold

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Students need to expand and grow their visual literacy to be able to understand and be critical of, the world around them. Images, while mostly wordless, still share messaging and can be used as communication tools in obvious or subtle ways. Teaching students how to use visual thinking strategies will support their critical thinking skills and thought processes as they are taught to pause, look, and analyze the images.

Visual Thinking Strategies can also support students who need language support in the classroom as it opens classroom discussions in a low-stakes, safe environment. It allows students to engage in casual conversation about artwork, expanding vocabulary and English language communication.

  • 2.2 CR Combine materials to explore personal artistic ideas.

  • 2.3 CR Investigate ways to organize elements of art to express meaning.

  • 2.2 RE Use self-assessment strategies with current artworks to inform future artmaking.

  • 2.3 RE Share personal interpretations of works of art.

  • 2.3 CO Respect and support peer ideas and creativity.

Essential Questions:

  • Can artwork tell a story?

  • Can we share our joy through art?

Student examples — Easthaven Elementary School, Columbus

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