Instructional Strategy

An instructional strategy for addressing comprehension is visualization. Visualization   calls for readers to use their five senses along with emotions when interacting with text. Steps for using visualization in a classroom include: modeling the technique by the teacher, having the students practice the technique, sharing their visualizations with one another, and using drawings to help students visualize (Miller, 2011). For example, a teacher would tell the students to close their eyes and try to bring the text to life by identifying smells, sounds, sights, feelings..etc that come to them while the text is being read. The class would then share their visualizations, make comparisons, and create a mental picture. Keene and Zimmerman’s reflection on visualization is that “proficient readers spontaneously and purposely create mental images while and after they read. The images emerge from all the five senses as well as the emotions and are anchored in a reader’s prior knowledge” (Keene and Zimmerman, 1997). Overall, if this technique is incorporated in everyday reading and writing, it will help students reach a deeper understanding of text; consequently leading to proficient readers.