- We ALL visualize as we read. The standards require students to use text evidence to “ask and answer questions about key details in the text”. They are also required to make “logical inferences”. That just isn’t possible without visualization.
- I am also a firm believer in the fact that making predictions and building schema is a natural process. When we teach our students to read for meaning, they apply these skills naturally.
- I really like the fact that we don’t see the term “making connections”. I can’t tell you how many times, in the past, my students have made meaningless connections that have not aided in their understanding of the text. (i.e. I like the color red and the character does, too!) What we DO see is that the standards requires our students to compare and contrast. When students are comparing characters, settings, themes, etc…. They are making text-to-text connections. They are spending more time INSIDE the text. We also see students being required to identify character traits, determine how characters change, analyze character interactions, and character motivations. When students are analyzing characters they have to RELATE to the character. And… sometimes it’s just as beneficial to say, “This character is nothing like me.”
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