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Paint brush: Visualizing
What is visualizing, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers create images in their minds that reflect or represent the ideas in the text. These images may include any of the five senses and serve to enhance understanding of the text.

But for your students, try this:

Create a movie in my mind while I'm reading.

So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!

Learning Objectives for Visualizing:
The student will be able to use visualization to help comprehend text and solve problems across the curriculum.


Can the student communicate that visualization is the creation of images that may include any of the five senses in his or her mind that reflect/represent the text read to enhance understanding? (what)
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Can the student communicate that visualizing is used before, during and after reading? (when)
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Can the student communicate that visualizing helps the reader go deeper into the text and makes it come alive? (why)
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Can the student communicate that when visualizing, the reader uses sensory and emotional clues from the text and from prior knowledge to create the world of the story in the mind? (how)
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Can the student communicate that written text and illustrations work together to convey meaning?

Can the student demonstrate visualization through language, visual arts, music, drama, dance/movement or technology?
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So, how do you make it happen?

  1. Watch the videos and discuss them with your class.
  2. Do the student activity.
  3. Talk about visualizing all year long.
  4. Try these lesson ideas in your classroom.
  5. And, don't forget to assess their progress. Try these handy rubrics.

Rubric for fiction

Rubric for non-fiction

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