During Reading: Visualize or Draw Pictures

  • As with reading stories, visualization allows students to become involved with the text.
  • For some students, drawing is a better strategy.
  • For either strategy, students must adjust reading rate.

Why use the Visualize/Draw Pictures during-reading strategy?

  • Visualizing causes students to create mental images rather than words or thoughts.
  • Predicting, questioning visualizing, and inferring go hand in hand with visualizing.
  • Readers are able to weave these strategies together as they make connections between text and personal experiences, other sources of text, and our global understanding of where the information fits into place.
  • Human brains have a great capacity for visual images so this strategy is useful. Creating images not only helps us comprehend, but it also helps us to remember.

How to use the Visualize/Drawy Pictures during-reading strategy.
  • Visualization can be taught by the teacher as a reading strategy.
  • As reading is completed the teacher can guide the students to either draw or explain the pictures that they have created in their minds based on the text.
  • If necessary, the teacher can show students what they believe is happening in the text, and students can compare their own pictures that they have created in their minds.
  • This activity can continue on as the reading continues. The teacher can continue modeling and explaining the visualization strategy by reading aloud.

(See below for an example of how Visualizing or Drawing Pictures can be used in a mathematics classroom.)
Students in a math class would find this strategy extremely useful. Especially when it is time to solve word problems. A specific example of this can be seen in this problem: Kerri is making a fort for her cousins to play in. The floor of the fort is a rectangle that measures 3 feet by 5 feet. How much rug does Kerri need cover the floor so that they do not have to sit on the ground.
This is a 3x5 rectangle
Students would visualize what this "fort" would look like. They would then draw and lable the picture to help them solve the problem.
(This activity has been adapted from http://www.readingrecovery.org/pdf/conferences/NC05/Handouts/Barnes_Using_Reading_And_Writing.pdf)
Laura Soscia