Reading Strategies Using Visualization

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  • 0:01 Let's Imagine
  • 0:37 What Is Visualization?
  • 2:25 Let's Practice
  • 3:52 Summary & Review
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Instructor: Katie Surber

Katie has a Master's degree in English and has taught college level classes for ten years.

In this lesson, we will define visualization. We will then discuss why this step is important, how we can visualize, and when you should visualize. Finally, we will look at a sample from a poem and practice visualizing.

Let's Imagine

Take a minute to imagine a holiday scene. Something that is a fond memory or a story that you share often with others. Maybe it is a Christmas morning, a Memorial Day picnic, a Thanksgiving feast, or a night of mischief at Halloween. As you are picturing your memory, think about the people who were there. What were they wearing? What conversations took place? What food did you eat? What did you smell? Recalling and sharing memories is one way to practice visualization. We can use these same practices as a reading strategy.

What Is Visualization?

Visualization is creating pictures in our mind as we read. It becomes an important way to comprehend our reading material. When you visualize, you should think about the smells, sounds, tastes, sights, and even the feelings. You can think about it as making a movie of the material as you read it.

Why is it important?

Visualization brings the reading to life. First, it makes it easier for us to understand the text because we are looking beyond the words and creating images. Through the images, we are able to recall the material much easier. Second, it helps you feel more connected to the material. You are able to see the characters and their actions and feel as if you are a part of the scene. Finally, it creates a more personal experience and even links you with the story. By imagining the characters and the setting, you are becoming more involved in the story.

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