Literacy Through Art

Grades: 3-6
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
FREE tour. For a limited time, a bus subsidy is available.
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​Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. ​Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.​


Do your students love stories? In this engaging tour, students “read” works of art from our permanent collection and make connections between art and literature. Through hands-on activities, careful observation, sketching, lively discussions, poetry writing, and reading, students discover how artists from around the world bring stories to life in art. They will describe the characters from the longest story ever told from India, determine the sequencing of a story from Ancient Greece, understand how poetry and art are deeply connected in China, and hear a creation story from the Native American Indians. Everyone loves to hear stories, but seeing how they are illustrated in art can be even more fun!

All students will receive this booklet to use on the tour and to take back to the classroom.

Artwork on this tour:
Sarcophagus Relief Depicting a Labor of Hercules (detail). Roman, mid-2nd century A.D. Marble. Gift of Anna Rice Cooke, 1932 (3602).
(Pictured above)

Piero di Cosimo (Italian, c. 1461–c. 1521) Saint John the Evangelist, 1504–6. Oil on wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2989.1).


Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Dawn Sueoka at

Connecting to Standards

General Learner Outcomes

GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)

Literacy.CCRA.R.1: Read closely to determine what the text* says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it: cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
*Text as artwork

Literacy.CCRA.R.5: Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs

Literacy.CCRA.R.6: Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text

Literacy.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words

Literacy.CCRA.W.5: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience

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