5 Ways to Help Your Child or Students Share Ideas, Discuss, and Debate What is Happening in Books!
In the video below, I will show you how you can have deeper level conversations at home or at school while also teaching important reading comprehension skills at the same time.
Envisioning was one of the skills I talked about in the video lesson above. Why does your child or students need to get really good at the skill of envisioning?
When your child or students envision, it’s like they are creating pictures in their mind as they read. You can think of it as “making a movie in your mind.” Visualizing is so important because it can help with their reading comprehension. Children who envision or visualize as they read not only have a richer reading experience, but can recall what they have read for longer periods of time (Harvey & Goudvis 2000). It also can make you feel more connected to what you are reading, and can create a more personal experience. Readers who can imagine the characters they read about, for instance, may become more involved with what they are reading. This makes for a more meaningful reading experience and promotes continued reading.
How can you help your child or students practice the skill of envisioning or visualizing?
Select a text that contains descriptive language and strong verbs that will lend itself to making visual images in their mind.
You don’t have to read the entire text before they can practice the skill of envisioning. Maybe start with 1 page, 1 paragraph, or even 1 strong sentence to spark creating these visual images.
Reread the sentences at least twice, then have them discuss the mental images created by these sentences. And it’s okay if not all of your kids or students come up with the same mental images. There is no single correct answer.
Another way you can help practice the skill of envisioning is by reading a picture book together and covering up the illustrations. Just read the words together and then have your child or students tell you what they think might be in the illustration based on the mental images they are creating in their minds.
You can have them draw the images that are coming to their mind in their reader’s notebook.
Here’s a few more prompts or questions you can ask your child or students to help them practice the skill of envisioning:
Does the main character remind you of anyone you know?
Have you ever been to or seen any place that is like the setting of your book?
If you were going to make a movie based on your book, who would you want to play the main characters?
What would the scenery look like?
Where would you want to do the filming?
I can imagine…
I can see, smell, hear, taste, touch…
In my mind I see…
If this were a movie...
Remember that one of the BIG keys to getting stronger at reading comprehension is to have deeper level conversations about texts that lead to further discussion or debate of ideas. Let us know in the comments how we can help your child continue to build those deeper level comprehension skills. Desirée McGee-Greene