Paint a Picture

                                                                                    Julie Miller
Reading to Learn

Rationale:  It is very important for students to be able picture in their minds what they are reading on paper.  This technique is called visualization.  Visualizing is a way to make the story come alive through mental images.  This lesson will help children learn to paint pictures in their mind of the stories they read by imagining that they are really in the story and are experiencing what the author is describing.

Materials: drawing paper, markers, crayons, A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, assessment checklist

1. First, I want everyone to close their eyes.  Now, I want you to picture yourself in your most favorite place.  It could be the beach, a favorite theme park, your favorite vacation öwhatever you want.  I want you to concentrate on the smells, the weather, the colors of the things around you, what you are doing, who is with you, etc.  I want you to imagine that you are really there and concentrate on the picture in your head.  (After some time) Ok, would someone like to share what it was like at your favorite place?  Who can tell me how we knew how to picture that in our heads.  Thatâs right, we went back in our minds and thought about what it was like to really be there.  What you just did is called visualization and it is a very important tool in reading too.

2. Today, I am going to read an excerpt from A Year Down Yonder.  As I read, I want you to close your eyes and picture what it would be like to be Mary Alice.  How would she feel?  What would Grandmaâs house look and smell like?  Is she scared?   (After reading)  Now, I would like a volunteer to share what they think Mary Alice is like, what Grandmaâs house looks like, etc.  Remember, we are looking to form a picture in our minds of what the story is telling us, so be as detailed as you can when you are forming your images.

3. Now that we have shared our images of this excerpt, I would like each of you to silently read Ch. 3 ãA Minute in the Morning.ä  When you are done, I would like you to draw a picture of what you visualized in your head.  It can be a picture of just a part of the chapter or you could use your summary skills and draw a picture that summarizes the whole chapter.  Remember, we are reading to form a picture in our heads, not see who can read it the fastest.  So, take your time and really put your thoughts into the book.

Assessment: Now, when you are done reading and drawing your picture, I would like everyone to come up to my desk one at a time to show me their picture and explain what they visualized.  Use evaluation criteria checklist.

Laura Meadors  Can You See It?

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