Creating Mental Images the Fun Way
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Ok, so one of the strategies we work on is creating mental images or visualizing. I teach struggling readers and my kids really seemed to be struggling with this. So I came up with Mental Image Comics. I choose a short story and mark with stickies 5 different places throughout the book to stop. I give them each a blank comic strip and tell them to find a spot to be creative. Some stay in their desks, some under their desks, they just scatter. Then I tell them I want them to close their eyes and make "mind movies" as I read. (now before this we have had some mini lessons on visualizing) We kind of make a game out of it. I say "close your eyes" and I read until the first stopping point. When I get there I simply say "draw "and they have about 90 seconds to draw in the first box of their comic strip. I know that doesn't sound like a lot of time but they get it down pretty quickly. Then I say "close your eyes" and I read again until the next stopping point and "Draw!". We continue this until the story is finished. Once we are done they each have a mini comic strip of the story. The kids take turns showing theirs on the ELMO. They really enjoy it and it gives me a quick assessment of how well they were understanding the story using visualization.