: The goal of
reading is comprehension. For students to be able to comprehend
what they are reading, they must be able to visualize the text in their
minds. During this lesson students will practice constructing
mental images from their reading.
- Class set of Frindle by Andrew Clements
- Paper (Journal)
1. To begin the lesson, review with students the concept of
silent reading. Explain: "Today we will be reading
silently. Can someone remind us what it means to read
silently? Yes! That is correct. Silent reading
invovles reading the words without voicing them out loud. When we
read silently can anyone hear us reading? No, because we say the
words we are reading in our head. How many of you like to read
silently? Well when you are reading silently are you able to
picture the characters and their actions in the story? If you
can't that's okay because we are going to practice reading silently
today so that we can better comprehend stories."
2. "When we are reading a book it is very important to visualize
the events that are taking place. It is easy to see or visualize
what is happening when a story includes pictures but you will find that
many books do not have pictures as we read. Lets practice.
Are you ready? I want for you to close your eyes, get very still,
and visualize what I am about to be reading to you." ( Teacher
will read the first couple of pages of Frindle) "Keep your eyes closed
and think aobut what I just read to you." (Give students a minute
to think about and visualize the text). "Okay, can anyone share
with us what you saw as the story was being read to you?" (Allow
students a few minutes to share)
3. "Now I am going to read the next page of our book. You
may keep your eyes open this time. Listen carefully. Who
would like to share what you visualized?"
4. "Remember, we talked about how we sometimes have to read
stories that have few or no pictures at all. We practiced
visualizing the story because this helps us understand the story and it
also helps us remember the story. Whenever you read a story you
should visualize the characters and events that are taking place."
5. "We will now be reading independnetly from our story. We
will be reading this story silently so remember to make
6. Have students state what they visualized after reading a few
pages of the story.
7. "Now we will finish reading the first chapter. After
ecompleting the first chapter, have students pair up with a partner to
discuss the events of the story."
read the next chapter and create an illustration that depicts the
chapter. Students may draw several scenes or choose their
favorite. Students will also write why they think that scene is
important. (Teacher will use illustrations to check students'
Mizzell, Lindsey. Shhh! I'm Reading.
Andrew Clements. (1996). Fridle. Scholastic, Inc.