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Visualization
 
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  • Effective with students of all ages

  • Form mental images of words and relate descriptors to the words

  • Link meaning to new vocabulary

  • Links new concepts to already existing schemata

  • Use new terms in connected language in various settings

  • Write sentences using new word

  • Summarize information

Strategy
  • Select a key word that is critical to the comprehension of the text the students will be reading.

  • Write the word on the board. Students say/sign, fingerspell, and write it.

  • Tell the students what the word means and then use it in an analogy.

  • For example, if the key word is zebra, tell the students: A zebra is an animal that lives in Africa. A zebra looks like a small horse with black and white stripes.

  • Children close their eyes and picture a zebra in their minds. Each child describes her/his mental pictures and teacher and students discuss.

  • Students draw their mental pictures (this step will not be appropriate for all concepts).

  • After the students have read the text, they can elaborate on the key word/concept.

  • Summarize by writing sentences explaining the meaning of the key word.

  • The class can write a summary together.

  • Each student can write a summary.

 
Advancing the Strategy
  • Summarize by writing sentences explaining the meaning of the key word.

  • The class can write a summary together.

  • Each student can write a summary.