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A pair of shoes
Students imagine a pair of shoes and draw them.
Discuss similarities and differences.
Discuss why they chose the shoes to draw.
Discuss that we all interpret differently.
Variation: draw a pair of shoes linked to a phrase in the text
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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 90
Beginning, middle and end flip charts
A simple story summary on a foldable.
Students illustrate the sequence of events, and write the text under the flap.


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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 140
Closed Eyes Visualisation
Show students a series of 3-4 images related to a topic.
Students wrote/draw what was in the picture.
Ask students to visualise a a variation of each picture.
Explain that this is what happens when we read- start with a rough image and the text makes us modify it.
Students visualise that they are in situations similar to those in the text.
Read aloud a text, stopping after initial clues. Students visualise mental images.
Haves students visualise as they read .
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Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12 p 76-77
Draw It
Students draw what they know about a word, topic or idea.
They can use different colour pencils to draw after/during reading a text.
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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 36
Gallery Images
In small groups students read a section of informational text and visualise what they have read.
They sketch and label 2-4 images on poster paper.


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Guided comprehension in Years3-8 p 206
Guided Imagery
Provide a stimulus linked to the topic.
Students discuss their mental images with a partner.
Preview texts- students focus on illustrations, charts, and other graphics.
Students close their eyes and relax. Provide a detailed description of the topic.
Students share mental images with a partner.
Draw and write information from mental images.
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Guided comprehension in Years3-8 p 207
Imagery from vocabulary
Students read nouns/verbs/adjectives/adverbs from the text and describe the images they see
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Building comprehension strategies for the primary years. p 68
Listen, visualise and sketch
Prior to reading a text the teacher tells the students what the text will be about. They sketch images.
During reading, they sketch images gained from vocal and descriptions.
Compare the two sketches and discuss how they are different.
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Building comprehension strategies for the primary years. p 70
Nogard drawing activity
Students draw an animal as the teacher describes it.
Compare drawings.
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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 9
Open minded portrait
Students draw a character from a story or a real person from a topic.
Cut out and copy portraits to make blank head shapes.
Staple together for a book.
Draw and write the persons' thoughts and feelings.

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Guided comprehension in Years3-8 p 208
Photo album
Students chose a part of the text to illustrate to form a photo album.

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 92
Photographs in the Mind
At four points in the text have students sketch a visualisation and share with a partner.

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Guided comprehension in Years3-8 p 209
Picture Quilt
Students chose a part of the text to illustrate and draw detailed images.
Use outside border to write a text.

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 91
Prompt cards
Prompts can include
'When I read this I saw..'
When I read this I heard... and this made me think about...'




Senses Chart
A graphic organiser that encourages students to think about how text can stimulate all the five senses.
Complete the chart- looks like, feels like, sounds like, feels like, smells like.

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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 94
Sketch to stretch
Students sketch what the text means to them.
In small groups the students share their sketches. The other students sketch their interpretations.

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Guided comprehension in Years3-8 p 210
Story map
A birds' eye view of th where the story takes place.
Students draw an overview of the setting and/or events of the story.


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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 95
Stop and Record
During shared/guided reading the teacher stops and asks student to record visual images. Students give evince from text or prior knowledge

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Building comprehension strategies for the primary years. p 69
Stop and Tell
As students read, they stop and tell when they have created a mental image. They explain how the image was created
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Building comprehension strategies for the primary years. p 69
Using illustrations
The teacher draws on images in the text and thinks aloud the visual images.
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Building comprehension strategies for the primary years. p 70
Weekend News
Students work in pairs and take turns to describe one event that happened to them over the weekend.
They visualise their partner's news and draws a picture. They can question for more detail.
They then write a passage describing their partner's news.
Partners share to the class together.

VariationThis can be used for an 'expert' to share knowledge about a topic, or to share different parts of a text.
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Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies p 96