Draw a Picture With Your Mind


Haley Nichols



Rationale: Once children become fluent readers, they must learn more skills in order to increase their comprehension.  Visualization is a vital way to make connections between the ideas in a text and background knowledge. It is important for children to be able to make mental pictures of a text as they read, so that they can understand and comprehend the text.  The lesson's primary focus is on practicing visualization. When students can visualize text, they can more easily monitor their reading comprehension.


Materials: Student copies of Listen to the Wind, copy paper, pencils, crayons, comprehension questions sheet.



1. "I want everyone to close their eyes and listen to me read a sentence.  In your mind, draw a picture of what I say. 'On the cold winter night, I sat bundled up in front of a large fire that warmed up the whole room.' Okay, think about that picture you have in your head.  Now, I want you to draw and color your picture out on a piece of paper." I will also draw out my own picture of the sentence.  Then I will model, " Oh, I picture myself sitting in a wood cabin with only the light of the fire illuminating the room. It's completely dark outside too and I can't see out of the windows.  I have my pajamas on and I am wrapped up in a big blanket with a cup of hot cocoa." Then, I will show my illustration. The class will then talk about the pictures that everyone drew. "What we just did is called visualization. When you are reading a book, it is important for you to visualize what you read so that you can better understand what the author is trying to say."

2. Next I will go over a vocabulary word from the text. "In the book we will be reading, there is an important word we will need to know in order to understand the book.  Our vocabulary word is village. A village is a community of people that is much smaller than a town. Would you more likely be living in a village if you were in Auburn, Alabama or in a rural area of Africa? Now I want you to complete a sentence using village. 'In the secluded village, you most likely would not see ___________."

3. Then, I will give a book talk on Listen to the Wind. "Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote village in the Himalayans after a failed attempt to climb the mountain K2. The villagers save his life.  In this village there is no school, so Greg tells the people that one day, he will come back to build them a school. It's been almost a year later and Greg still has not returned to the village. I wonder if he will ever come back or go back on his promise? We will have to read and find out!"

4. "I want you to read Listen to the Wind. Some of the pages have the picture on it, but then on others, the pictures are missing!  On these pages, I want you to use visualization and draw out what you have pictured in your mind.  I have placed pieces of paper throughout the book, so you will be able to easily draw right beside the writing."

Assessment: Students will then be given comprehension questions to answer about the text.  It is important for students to answer questions about the text so that the teacher can monitor student comprehension. (Attached below)



Mortenson, Greg., Roth, Susan. Listen to the Wind. The Penguin Group. 2009.


Murray, Bruce. Making Sight Words. Linus Publications. 2012.

Bunyard, Kristin. Close Your Eyes and Snap a Picture. http://auburn.edu/%7Ekmb0029/close_your_eyes_and_snap_a_pictu.htm




Listen to the Wind Comprehension Questions

1.  Why do you think that the village children didn't have a school?

2. Do you think that the Korphe village people got along with each other? Why or why not?

3. How do you think the village children felt after the school was finished?

4.  Would you like to live in the Korphe village? Why or why not?

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