Visualizing is when readers picture what they are reading in their mind. This is often referred to as “making a movie in your mind” as you read. When a reader visualizes the words, it makes comprehension possible and engages the reader. Readers visualize when they read fiction or nonfiction to help bring the book to life.
Visualize with all five senses:
- What do you hear?
- What do you see?
- What do you taste?
- What do you smell?
- What do you feel?
You can prompt children to visualize with some thought starters:
- “What do you imagine?”
- “What are you picturing in your mind?”
- “If you were playing movie in your head, what would it show?”
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