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Rationale: For better comprehension when reading,
children should be able to visualize what they are reading. In this lesson, students will be introduced
to the idea of visualizing images while they read.
This will hopefully improve their
of the poem, The Night Before
Christmas, multiple copies of the book Freckle Juice,
- 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.
- STUDENTS, NOW TAKE
YOUR POEMS OUT. READ TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE
CHRISTMAS TO YOURSELVES SILENTLY. THAT MEANS WITH NO NOISE OR TALKING
OF ANY KIND TO YOUR NEIGHBORS.
- 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.
- Ask the students
questions such as: What was the weather like in the poem?
What did Santa Claus’ suit look like? Describe
the night and all the sounds of the house.
- NOW, I WANT YOU TO
RAISE YOUR HANDS AND SHARE SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE POEM.
DESCRIBE ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU VISUALIZED.
- WE ARE NOW GOING TO
READ FROM THE BOOK FRECKLE JUICE. 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. TRY AND DRAW WHAT
THE LITTLE BOY, ANDREW, LOOKS LIKE FROM THE BOOK’S DESCRIPTIONS.
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
what they read.
Jackson, Angel. Seeing What You’re
Judy. Freckle Juice.
Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young
Clement Clark. “The Night Before
Christmas”. New York: The New York
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