Literacy Lowdown

Reading for Pleasure and Purpose: How Art Supports Literacy

 

We believe bringing art together with reading builds strong readers.

 

Educators agree. Curious? Read more…

How The Arts Support Literacy

 

We believe in the ability of art to further our literary experiences. BookClub integrates visual art and the written word to create our own personal interpretations of books. A creative and interdisciplinary approach to books expands our connection to what we read. Click the links below for more information.

 

Guggenheim Study Suggests Arts Education Benefits Literacy Skills

 

Writing Is Design, Too

 

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling

 

Promoting Literacy in the Art Classroom

 

Art Literacy Develops Well-Rounded Students

 

The Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 4- Of Paint and Poetry: Strengthening Literacy Through Art By: Judith Jester

 

Artists ‘have structurally different brains’ By Melissa Hogenboom

Informed by Common Core

 

All of our programs were developed with a independent literacy professional, so we understand how Common Core measures important reading benchmarks by grade. Our programs are not meant to meet specific Common Core standards, but they are informed by them. Read below to view benchmarks by grade and reading level.

Preschool Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

With assistance, begin to use increasingly complex sentences.

 

Exhibit curiosity and interest in learning new words heard in conversations and books.

 

With assistance, use new words acquired through conversations and book-sharing experiences.

 

With assistance, explore word relationships to understand the concepts represented by common categories of words (e.g., food, clothing, vehicles).

 

 

With assistance, use adjectives to describe people, places, and things.

 


 

Kindergarten Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

 

With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

 

With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

 

Craft and Structure

 

Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.

 

Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

 

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

 

With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.

 


 

First Grade Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

 

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

 

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

 

Craft and Structure

 

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

 

Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

 

Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas· Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

 

Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.

 


 

Second Grade Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

 

Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

 

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

 

Craft and Structure

 

Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

 

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

 

Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

 

Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Third Grade Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

 

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

 

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

 

Craft and Structure

 

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

 

Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

 

Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

 

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).

 


 

Fourth Grade Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

 

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

 

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

 

Craft and Structure

 

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

 

Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

 

Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

 

Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.

 


 

Fifth Grade Literacy Benchmarks

 

Key Ideas and Details

 

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

 

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

 

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

 

Craft and Structure

 

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

 

Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

 

Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.

 

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

 

Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

 

Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

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