Seeing What You Read
Reading to Learn Design
When children read they need to be able to visualize what they are reading. It is important to visualize what you reading because it helps children better understand what is happening in the story. In this lesson, I hope to help children better visualize stories and passages of what they are reading by incorporating poetry so they are able to mentally see how to visualize descriptive words.
Plain paper for drawing, crayons, copy of Haunted and Christmas Dog by Shel Silverstein.
I will assess their drawings and visualizations when we get back together as a class and talk about the different ideas and thoughts.
See if they caught on to descriptive words in the poem.
For example: The big tree is blowing in the angry wind. See if they show the tree in motion.
And here it is Christmas Eve.
The children are sleepin’ all cozy upstairs.
While I’m guardin’ the stockin’s and tree.
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who’s this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard—
And a big sack for robbin’ the house?
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.
I’ve frightened the whole bunch away.
The stockin’s are safe as can be
Won’t the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
And see how I’ve guarded the tree.
I dare you all to go into
The Haunted House on Howlin’ Hill,
Where squiggly things with yellow eyes
Peek past the wormy window sill.
We’ll creep into the moonlight yard,
Where weeds reach out like fingers,
And through the rotted old front door
A-squeakin’ on its hinges,
Down the dark and whisperin’ hall,
Past the musty study,
Up the windin’ staircase—
Don’t step on the step
Through the secret panel
To the bedroom where we’ll slide in
To the ragged cobweb dusty bed
Ten people must have died in.
And the bats will screech,
And the spirits will scream,
And the thunder will crash
Like a horrible dream,
And we’ll sing with the zombies
And dance with the dead,
And how at the ghost
With the axe in his head,
And—come to think of it what do you say
We go get some ice cream instead?
Melinda. (Spring, 2003).
“What do you See?” A
Shel. Falling Up.
Harpers Collins Publishers. 1996.
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