For many social studies educators the thought of including art into their curriculum is not a realistic option as high stakes testing and new common core alignments have put additional demands on instructional time. Many educators will ask the question – how can I devote valuable class time discussing art while preparing my students for looming state assessments? The answer is not as complex as it appears. In Framing the Story, I have selected 30 pieces of American art that facilitate students’ grasp of history and help them draw inspiration from historical events. Each painting or print not only makes historical events visible, it provides students and teachers with a useful tool for enhancing their understanding of the American story.