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Literacy + Art = High-Level Thinking (page 24)


• Circling words they don’t know
• Inferring a meaning from context
• Using the dictionary and writing down the meaning
• Identifying pronouns and writing what they replace
• Using the syntax to deconstruct meaning
• Identifying the most important word
• Making connections to prior knowledge
• Asking questions about content, message or grammar
• Commenting on, analyzing and/or evaluating the message
• Agreeing or disagreeing with the message


Georgia O’Keeffe
• “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”
• “I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at—not copy it.”
• “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”
• “One can’t paint New York as it is, but rather as it is felt.”

Vincent van Gogh
• “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
• “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
• “One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever came to sit by it. Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on their way.”
• “The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.”


• “Which quote do you like the most/least?” (evaluation)
• “Which quote do you agree/disagree with and why?” (analysis)
• “What do you know about Picasso’s character from a particular quote?” (synthesis)


• Harvey, S. and Daniels, H., Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action. Heinemann; 2009.
• Harvey, S. and Goudvis, A., Strategies that Work. Pembroke Publishers; 2000.
• Marzano, R., Pickering, D. and Pollock, D., Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. ASCD, 2001.

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Clip & Save Art Print: Altamira Cave (page 19)

Learn more about the Altamira Cave at the following links:

Lesson plans related to cave art:

1. “The ABCs of Art: The Letter C – Cave Art Etchings” (Nov. 2011, p. 14) and “Cave Art and Stick Paintings,” by Debi West

2. “Come to Our Cave,” by Joan Cassidy (Jan 2001, p. 29)
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3. “Cave Kids: Pecos-River Style Art,” by Sylvia T. Clark (Jan 2003, p. 32)
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Art Lessons for Preschoolers: Emotive Faces (page 26)

View the paintings mentioned in this article:

Wassily Kandinsky, “Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles” (c. 1913)

Helen Frankenthaler, “Tales of Genji III ”(1998)

Giovanna Garzoni, “Still Life with Bowl of Citrons” (late 1640s)







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