The English Classroom

A GUIDE TO IMPROVING STUDENT LITERACY

The Situation

You want you students your students to understand that writers are persuading their readers to think and ‘see’ in a particular way.

The Solution

Every time you read a word, your brain is interpreting the meaning and developing an understanding. Every word is part of a bigger puzzle that your brain is trying to solve.

The role of writer is to show the reader what they are thinking through particular word choice.

Visualising is the process of understanding how the reader should visualise the text. Students need to understand that word choice is the driving force for what the author wants to reader to visualise when reading the text.

For example, if I state that my character is ‘running’, this will have a different interpretation to ‘running awkwardly’ or ‘running swiftly’.

The author is modifying the actions of the character, resulting the in reader developing a different interpretation.

Here is a great video that I found which explains visualising in a fantastic way!

Question Stems:  

  • What are you seeing in your mind right now?
  • What text helps you imagine?  Are there any strong examples of imagery?
  • What do you think ____ looks like?  
  • Can you picture anything with this sentence/paragraph?

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