2. "In order for you to gain more skills as a reader, you must visualize the story in your head. Itâs kind of like imagining your very own movie of the story! To show you what I mean, weâre going to work on these sentences: I love going shopping with my mom. We go to the grocery store. I help her carry the bags. Class, before you do your own visualizations, I am going to model so you can have a better idea of how it works. So now youâll be able to see how I visualize myself shopping with my mom. Itâs a sunny Saturday, and Mom and I are going shopping again. We get out of the car and the warm wind blows at my face. Inside the store it is cool and there are lots of banging noises as people get their shopping carts. Mom and I choose all sorts of sweet-smelling fruits. We stand in line, and it is very noisy with so many people in the store, but I donât mind. As we leave, I help Mom carry big paper bags that are heavy in my arms. I love going shopping with Mom every time and hope we can come back next weekend!"
3. Now have the children try to visualize the text. ãI am going to read a few sentences from this book, and I want you to make a movie in your head and then tell me about your movie.ä Read a passage from Hatchet. Can anyone tell me what their movie was from these few sentences? Allow two students to share their visualization. ãExcellent work! Iâm going to read another passage, but this time itâs going to be two paragraphs, so your movies should be even longer this time.ä Read another passage from Hatchet, this time two paragraphs. Then have another two students share their visualizations with the class. By then, the students should have a better idea of how to visualize the events of a story.
4. Give the students a book talk on Hatchet. ãThis book is about a young boy named Brian. He is flying in an airplane to visit his father in Canada for the summer. Then something goes horribly wrong and the pilot dies while flying the plane! Somehow, Brian manages to land the plane in a lake and is able to escape. Now he is stuck in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a small hatchet his mother gave him. How will Brian survive?ä Now pass out books to students. ãI want everyone to read the first chapter of this story. As you read, be sure to visualize and make a movie inside your head. Remember, we are doing this so we can have a better understanding of what we read!ä
5. When the students are finished reading the first chapter, have them illustrate one of their visualizations using a sheet of paper, colored pencils and crayons. They should also write down the page number(s) that their visualization covers in the book. As they finish their drawings, have each child explain and discuss their visualization individually.