Illustrating a Story

Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Subject Area

English Language Arts
Arts Education




Students will brainstorm the beginning, middle, and end of artwork and a familiar story.  They will create a paper collage to illustrate the beginning, middle, or end of a story. Assessment rubric, letter to parents, examples of artwork, and lesson plan included in PDF.  

English Language Arts (2021) Grade(s): 2


Orally answer who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about a text or conversation, using complete sentences to provide key ideas and details.



  • Orally
  • Who, what, when where, why, and how questions
  • Complete sentences
  • Key ideas
  • Key details


Students know:
  • Key ideas and details should be included when answering questions.
  • Complete sentences, which contain a subject and a predicate, should be used when answering questions.
  • Who, when, and where questions will have a concrete, objective answer.
  • What, why, and how questions may have a more abstract, subjective answer.


Students are able to:
  • Orally answer questions about a text or conversation using complete sentences that provide information about key ideas and details.
  • Orally answer who, what, when, where, why, and how questions about a text or conversation with appropriate key ideas and details.


Students understand that:
  • When answering who, what, when, where, why, and how questions they should provide key ideas and details from a text or conversation to demonstrate their comprehension.
  • Speaking in complete sentences helps them clearly communicate their message and their understanding.
English Language Arts (2021) Grade(s): 2


Identify the main story elements in a literary text.



  • Story elements
  • Literary text


Students know:
  • Literary text is a story that contains story elements, like a plot and characters.


Students are able to:
  • Identify the main story elements in a literary text, such as characters, settings, and plot.


Students understand that:
  • Literary texts include story elements, and they can identify the various elements to better understand the text.
Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 2 - Visual Arts


Explore personal interests and curiosities with a range of art materials.



  • Principles of design
    • Balance
  • Brainstorming
  • Composition
  • Concepts
  • Characteristic
  • Elements of art
    • Space
    • Value
  • Expressive properties
  • Foreground
  • Middle ground
  • Neutral colors
  • Resist

Essential Questions

EU: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
EQ: How does knowing the contexts, histories, and traditions of art forms help create works of art and design? Why do artists follow or break from established traditions? How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?

Skills Examples

  • Create two-dimensional artworks such as drawing or painting by using a variety of media.
  • Use the book, The Goat in the Rug by Charles L.
  • Blood & Martin Link to learn about weaving.
  • Use clay or pipe cleaners to create small animal sculptures.
  • Work in groups to brainstorm ideas for a collaborative art project.
  • Use a book about clay, When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor to study Native Americans and their traditions.
  • Use the book A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle to explore collage techniques.
  • Create a real or imagined home using two-and-three-dimensional media.
  • Learn how to properly use and store brushes, close glue bottles and marker tops.
  • Use found objects such as leaves, rocks, paper tubes, egg cartons, etc.
  • to create artworks.
  • Use the book A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch to explore different colors and values.
  • Create a landscape showing depth by placing the foreground, middle ground and background in their correct positions.

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

CR Resource Type

Lesson/Unit Plan

Resource Provider

ArtsEd Washington

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