Great American Artists: CC-Aligned Informational Passages and Assessments

Great American Artists: CC-Aligned Informational Passages and Assessments

Can be used for 4th – 8th students.

Includes: PDF, 23 pages


This is the Great American Artists Collection. The United States of America has produced some great art works and very talented artists in the last 200 years, and this bundle of historical/biographical passages and assessments will help you teach your students about the lives and artwork of four very different but exceptional American artists: Grandma Moses, Charles Schulz, Frederic Remington, and George Catlin.

These Common Core-aligned biographical passages are suitable for use in ELA, history, and art classes, grades 4-8. These passages can be used in a variety of ways depending on the ability level of your students. They can be used in classes, in close reading, independent practice or for homework, test prep, assessment, and even in centers.

These images do not include any Peanuts comic strips and other copyrighted artwork/images from Charles Schulz. In your own classroom and while teaching a lesson you can project and explore copyrighted examples under the principle of “fair use.”

The collection includes:

An 850-word biographical passage on Anna Mary Robertson Moses (1860-1961), a farmer’s wife and mother of ten who lived a quiet, ordinary life until she discovered a passion for folk art and painting in her late 70s. Grandma Moses, who died at 101 years old, went on to be one of the most sought-after and well-respected painters in the entire world. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 4.0

A 750-word biographical passage that tells the story of the great American cartoonist Charles Schulz (1922-2000). This article describes his Peanuts comic strip. It also explains how Schulz touched people, and left a lasting impression on society that continues to this day. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.1

A 900-word biographical passage on Frederic Remington (1860-1908), the most famous and prolific painter and sculptor of the Old West. Remington’s work is recognized as the definitive record of life in the early days of the American West and is sought after and known the world round. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 6.8

A 750-word historical passage on George Catlin (1796-1872), a painter who traveled to the unexplored West in the 1830s to create beautiful, colorful, and true-to-life paintings of the Native Americans before they had lost their freedom and traditional ways. Flesch Kincaid Reading Level = 5.5

Each passage concludes with a set of between 15-25 questions, all requiring careful reading and close re-reading of the text to answer. The assessments used align with these Common Core Informational Text Standards:RI.3.1, RI.4.1, RI.4.5, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.8, RI.6.1, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.7, and RI.6.8.

For each question, there are answers. For the written questions a clear explanation is given to guide your discussion of students’ work.

You can also take a look at my Common Core Informational Text passages and assessment bundles. These were created to assist busy teachers in implementing the ELA standards and practicing close reading skills. They are all organized into simple-to-use sets!

Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 3-4

Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 4-5

Common Core Informational Text Assessments: Grades 5-6

Common Core: Comparing and Integrating Texts on the Same Topic

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American artists will find it a useful resource.

American artists will find this a valuable resource.


Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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