The website gives a brief and definition of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and states that it is a way to tap into students’ background knowledge. This method can be used effectively as a precursor to working on a literary passage because the thinking skilled used to analyze artwork can be transferred to literature. I found this site beneficial because it focuses on literature and writing, which are subjects that are more difficult for me to connect to VTS.
I think this website gives a great example of what VTS looks like. I also gives a step-by-step method to implementing it in the classroom. The step-by-step method is helpful when you are new at doing something.
Literature and writing are two subjects that are hard for me to integrate art into as well. After looking at the website that you posted I have some more ideas on how I could better implement the VTS into these subject area's. I teach first grade so we are always on the move and having some fun discussions. I liked how the website pointed out the method of using a picture to relate what we are reading about. I have done something like this in one of my lessons. We were talking about how schools now days are similar and different to schools back in the day. I brought in a picture of what our school looked like in the past and we discussed what it looks like now.