In Your Imagination

Brittany Williams


Rationale:  An important part of reading is being able to understand what you read.  When children visualize they gain a better understanding of what they read.  In this lesson the children will learn how to visualize what they read so that they may better comprehend.  Learning visualization will be gain through drawing pictures of what they read. 



Esperanza Rising a copy for each student

Overhead Projector


Paper for each student

Butcher Paper




1. "Today we are going to practice visualizing what we read.  Does anyone know what visualize means?" *discuss with the children the meaning possibly giving hints such as the word vision or see* "Great it is when you see something but only in your mind.  Today we are going to learn about visualization and how it helps us comprehend what we read.  Pictures use to help us comprehend what we read but now that we are older we need to learn to visualize what we read so we can understand it better"


2. "Everyone close your eyes and imagine your favorite place in the world."  *discuss with the class what each student visualized* Next read a chapter of Esperanza Rising.  "Follow along closely as I read and try to visualize *see in our head* what I read.  This is one of my favorite books but it does not have any pictures so we are going to have to visualize the book so we can understand it better."  Place book on an over head projector so that everyone can see clearly and read the first chapter.  After you have read the first chapter, draw on the butcher paper what the class visualized during the first chapter.  For example in the first chapter "Papa lay down on his stomach and looked up at her, patting the ground next to him."  Have the children take turns drawing the picture or simply take direction from them.  They may draw two people laying in a meadow. 


3. Pass out Esperanza Rising and paper.  "Now everyone go back to their desks and read the second chapter of Esperanza Rising.  While you read try to visualize what you read.  After you are finished reading draw what you visualized on the piece of paper I gave you."


4. Have the children share with the class their drawing.  Ask them to describe it and tell why they chose certain aspects (colors, size, time of day, etc.)




Using the student's drawings assess whether the children visualized what they read.  I will use the checklist below to assess the drawings.  Individually I will ask the children a few comprehension questions to ensure they understand the text.  For example, "Where are Esperanza and her dad?"  "How does Esperanza feel about being in the meadow?"


Comprehension Questions



Is the picture about the second chapter?



Does the picture show comprehension of the second chapter?



Can you interpret the picture?





Volandra Holloway, Use Your Imagination


Melissa Roddam, You Must See It to Believe It!


Lacey Adams, Marvelous Summarizers!


Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Esperanza Rising.  Scholastic Inc. 2000. New York City, New York.


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