Quilts

Literacy Strategy #34

Grade Levels

  • Grades 3-8
  • English Learners

Instructional Focus

  • Comprehension
  • Content areas
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About Quilts

  • Slaves used to use quilts as maps to freedom in the early 1800s
  • Can use colors or designs that are part of a theme from story
  • Uses the viewing and visually representing modes of the language arts
  • Whole-class activity

What Quilts Do

  • Extend comprehension
  • Celebrate a story
  • Integrate their knowledge
  • Determine a theme of a story
  • Analyze how visual elements contribute to meaning

English Learners

  • Great for English learners because they can use their artistic ability instead of their reading and writing skills
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When to use

  • Culminating project for a literature focus unit or thematic unit
  • End-of-the-year project
  • Book Week

How to use

  1. Design the quilt square format together - choose a design that includes themes, characters, and/or the setting from the story
  2. Make the squares - can be out of paper or on cloth
  3. Students can add a favorite sentence from the story or a comment about the story around the outside or in a designated part of the square
  4. Assemble the quilt
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