Did you know that visualizing is one of the best ways to teach comprehension? Visualize It was created to provide students with the practice necessary to master this all important comprehension skill.
Why Play Visualize It! ?
It is proven that if young readers practice visualizing scenes and images described through text, it will improve their ability to comprehend when reading independently. Visualizing contains two very important components. 1= descriptively written text (author) 2= mental image formation based upon written text (reader)
Visualizing can be a difficult skill for young readers. Providing students multiple opportunities to practice this skill can help them gain the confidence and experience necessary for transferring the skill when reading independently.
When students practice both written and mental visualization, they can gain a deeper understanding of the concept. Teaching students how to write descriptively using detailed words and phrases can provide a deeper understanding of the skill. Understanding how writers are able to help readers “see” what is happening, will help strengthen students’ knowledge of visualization thus making visualizing more automatic.
The ability to visualize while reading provides readers with a more meaningful reading experience thus promoting continued reading. To sum it up, visualizing makes reading fun!