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Reading to Learn Design
comprehension when reading, children should be able to visualize what
reading. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the idea
visualizing images while they read. This will allow
become engaged in their reading and develop a meaning for what they are
which is essential for comprehension.
copy paper for drawings, crayons and
markers, a copy of the book James and the Giant Peach by Roald
copies of the passage, copy of "Sick" by
Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
- Introduce the concept:
“Okay I would like everyone to get comfortable, relax, and close your
eyes. Now I need everyone to be completely quiet, and I am going to ask
you some questions but I want you to keep them to yourself. I would
like you to picture your favorite place in the entire world. Imagine
that place. What is it like there? Are you there by yourself or with
people? How does it feel there? Now that you have imagined this place
in your minds, I would like you to open your eyes. Now, will someone
please raise their hand and share their favorite place with us? When you see things in your mind it is
called visualization. It is important that as we read you use
visualization to think about what is going on in the story. We
are going to try this when reading James and the Giant Peach
today because it has so many descriptive words that will allow us to
visualize in great detail!”
- “Now I am going to read
you this page of James and the Giant Peach. As I read, close
your eyes again, and visualize the scene, all the colors and what the
characters may look like." After reading, " Now I saw...... What did
- Ask the students
questions after: What kind of colors did you see? What did the
characters look like? What kinds of expressions were on their face?
- “Now I want you to
raise your hands and share some of your thoughts about what you
visualized, describe it!” Explain, "It is
okay that as we visualize different parts of stories or poems that we
think about things differently. Everyone visualizes things differently
and that is okay! That is what makes reading fun for everyone!"
- Pass out
the copies of the poem “Sick.” “ Now I want everyone to read this poem,
and when you are finished, I would like everyone to draw what you
visualized the character looking like in the poem, what he was doing
and his facial expressions. Make sure to include the character’s
surroundings and how everything in the poem looked."
I will assess
students’ ability to visualize while reading in order for better
by the children’s drawings. Once the students have created their
drawings, I will have them break into small groups and share their
with the group, noting the differences and similarities. This will
assess thier visualization ability because thier drawings will
show me how well they were able to visualize when reading.
Sanders, Carrie. “Seeing Is Believing.”
Ritter, Shanron. “A-B-“See” is easy as 123.”
and the Giant Peach by
Roald Dahl. New York : Puffing Books (1961)
"Sick" by Shel
Silverstein from Where the
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