Virginia Linne                                                                                                                                                               Reading To Learn

 

Visualization

                                                      

RationaleChildren should be able to visualize what they are reading, for better comprehension when reading.  Students will be introduced to the idea of visualizing images while they read during this lesson.  The goal of this is to improve their comprehension skills.

 

Materials: Copies of the poem A Dog’s Life, multiple copies of the book Matilda, crayons, paper.

 

Procedures:

  1. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON VISUALIZING WHAT WE READ.  CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT VISUALIZATION IS? IT IS WHEN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THE PLACE OR PERSON YOU ARE READING ABOUT LOOKS LIKE.
  2. STUDENTS, NOW TAKE YOUR POEMS OUT.  READ A DOG’S LIFE TO YOURSELVES SILENTLY.
  3. NOW I AM GOING TO READ THE POEM OUTLOUD TO YOU.  AS I READ IT, CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE THE COLORS AND PEOPLE IN YOUR HEAD.
  4. Ask the students questions such as: What was the weather like in the poem?  What makes a dog’s life different from our own lives? Describe how the poem made you feel.
  5. NOW, I WANT YOU TO RAISE YOUR HANDS AND SHARE SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE POEM. DESCRIBE ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU VISUALIZED.
  6. WE ARE NOW GOING TO READ FROM THE BOOK MATILDA.  EVERYONE TURN TO PAGE 1 AND READ THE FIRST PAGE SILENTLY. (Make sure all children have crayons and paper at this time.)  NOW, DRAW A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU VISUALIZE FROM THIS PAGE. DRAW THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT IS DESCRIBED.  WHAT DO YOU THINK HER PARENTS ARE LIKE? DRAW USING THE FEELINGS THAT THE STORY HAS GIVEN YOU SO FAR.

 

Assessment:  Have the children pick a passage of their own choice from the book.  Tell them to write down the passage they choose.  Then have them visualize their passage and draw about it on their paper.  Afterwards, allow them to get in pairs and evaluate each other.   Base the evaluations on details they put into their drawings and accuracy dealing with what they read.

 

Resources:

www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/inroads/jacksonrl.html. Jackson, Angel.  Seeing What You’re

            Reading!

 

MATILDA.   By: Rohl Dahl

 

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