Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
By: Alyson Jones
Reading to Learn
Rationale: There are many strategies that
you can use to teach children how to become better readers. One
that readers can use to increase
comprehension skills is visualization. Visualization
is when readers make pictures in their heads about what they reading. Teaching students how to visualize
text, when reading is an important key strategy to teach when reading
When students learn to visualize text in their mind it will help them
to comprehend the text, because they will remember what they read. In
lesson, students will learn how to better visualize text to help them
comprehend text. The student’s will discuss how we visualize when
student’s will be read the book My Teacher is An Alien and write a
entry to reflect what they were visualizing during the story.
Notebook paper for each student
Copy of You are old, father William by Lewis Carroll for every student (Poem)
Enough copies of the book “My Teacher Is an Alien” by Bruce Coville for each student
Assessment: The student’s will do a journal entry about chapter one. The student’s will be expected to talk about their visualizations to summarize chapter one. The student’s will come to the front of the classroom and share their vivid summaries of the first chapter.
You are old, father William...
"You are old, father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head
Do you think, at your age, it is right?
"In my youth," father William replied to his son,
"I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."
"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And you have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door
Pray what is the reason for that?"
"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment one shilling a box
Allow me to sell you a couple?"
"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"
"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."
"You are old," said the youth, "one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose
What made you so awfully clever?"
"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father. "Don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs.
The Ballerina and the Girl by Osmer Eder Balam
(This poem is for the student’s to read alone)
ballerina dances in a Victorian
golden music box;
She dreams and dreams and dreams of raffled bits of cobalt.
But today, the ballerina is sad.
Her small feet are tired of musical melancholy.
She wonders why God did not make her into a human instead.
Everyday, a girl looks at the ballerina.
She talks to the ceramic doll because Mommy says
That at night the ballerina becomes a blue-haired fairy.
The little girl says she wants to be a ballet dancer.
The ballerina wants to tell something to the girl.
But her small porcelain mouth traps her voice.
The girl paints her green earth with pink and purple.
Secretly, the ballerina is reinventing the alphabet;
She wants to teach the girl how to write and how to speak.
The girl loves to look at the ballerina’s smooth pink face.
The ballerina wishes she had a face.
The girl no longer likes to see the ballerina in her room;
She tells her Mom those things are for little silly girls.
It’s 6:00 a.m. New York time.
The girl is hurrying to reach her rehearsals on time;
Adam, her choreographer, is very demanding.
And the ballerina doesn’t know if she still wants to be human.
Reading to Learn by Katie Anderson
Ballerina and the Girl by Osmer Eder Balam
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