Delivering Explicit & Engaging Comprehension Mini-Lessons
Use visualization sunglasses
Print and cut each square to the shape of the lenses. Glue the cutouts to the lenses to create your own trigger icon.
Like a cinematographer, students create a frame-by-frame depiction of their visualizations using a Storyboard.
Visualize abstract ideas and concepts from informational text
Rather than creating a visual, have students find an image that represents the meaning. Use cutouts to depict vocab terms.
Creating a mental picture is impossible without knowing some details about the word’s meaning. Define 8 types of clues authors use.
Edit visualizations as needed
Authors don’t provide every visual detail within the text. They expect readers to use their own past experiences and schema to complete the mental image. However, schema sometimes fills in the blanks inaccurately. Consequently, readers need to adjust their visualizations as additional details are discovered. This was necessary as Kristina read through the hopscotch passage.
“See” evolving story elements
Visualize a character’s development and evolution through a story.
Think before reading
Generate during-reading questions
Pause after each chunk of text to summarize and ask new questions. These may be questions about key details or questions of clarification or confusion.
Readers need to interpret author attitudes, moods, perspectives, and tones. Question why the author chose certain words versus other synonym options.