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English Language Arts

Artful Tales

Recommended for Grades K-5

Students take on the role of detective, artist and author in this interactive exploration of the elements of story writing. Using open-ended questions, sketching and vocabulary activities, students discover how art reveals stories about people, places and time periods. Group storytelling and self-directed learning are included in this tour. This tour can be adapted to feature a variety of exhibitions and galleries.

The tour may also include select works from various areas of the museum and/or special exhibitions.

Time: One hour | 45 students maximum


Related Standards

This tour aligns with or supports the following standards:

Common Core ELA- Literacy
Reading (R): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 
Speaking and Listening (SL): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Language (L): Anchor Standard 6

National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts Anchor Standards 7, 8, 10, 11

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
Grades K–4 Standards 5.2, 6.1
Grade 5 Standard 6.3



Images and Words: Writing in the Museum

Recommended for Grades 6-12

Link visual and verbal literacy as well as creative expression in this activity-based investigation of artworks from around the world. In this gallery tour, students sharpen critical-thinking skills by creating poems and narratives in response to critical analysis and observation of captivating works of art. This tour features a variety of exhibitions and galleries, including MegaCity: India and the Culture of the Streets and the American art galleries.

The tour may also include select works from various areas of the museum and/or special exhibitions.

Time: One hour | 45 students maximum


Related Standards

This tour aligns with or supports the following standards:

Common Core ELA- Literacy
Reading (R): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 
Speaking and Listening (SL): Anchor Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
Writing (W) Anchor Standards 3, 4, 10
Language (L): Anchor Standard 6

National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts Anchor Standards 7, 8, 11

Massachusetts Visual Arts Standards
Grades 6–8 Standards 6.3, 19.15, 19.20
Grades 9–12 Standard 19.25