Literacy Strategy

What is it?

Students make quilt squares that extend their comprehension and to celebrate a story that they've read. Each student creates a square that represents a certain aspect of a story or topic. The class create one big quilt from all the individual quilt squares.
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What is the purpose?

  • The main purpose of using quilts in the classroom is to enhance comprehension.
  • It can be done in lots of different ways depending on the needs of the students.
  • It can focus on theme, main idea, moral, characters, settings... so many options!

How to use quilts in the classroom?

Quilts can be DIVERSE.

Quilts can be used in MANY different ways. It can be used to help visual, kinesthetic, and ESL learners. The pictures encourage the students retell the story in their own way and help them connect to important aspects of the story.

Quilts can be used with small or large groups and cover a wide range of topics.

Quilts can be used in all classrooms. This strategy can be useful in any grade level. It can be differentiated with in the classroom as well.

Standards Connection

RL.5.2 – 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.

RL.5.7 – 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).


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