Creating Mental Images

              “Listen and wait for the pictures to come alive in your minds.”

When readers create mental images they engage in the text at a personal level, which then will become memorable for them.
  • Along with prior knowledge, images come from all five senses and personal emotion.
Anchor lessons
  • By using poetry and picture books, children should practice creating images in their minds, and then make them concrete through the arts, drama, and written responses.
Children explore how
1. Images are created from readers’ schema and words in the text
  • chose topics that children will have schema for
  • poems must lend themselves to unique interpretations
2. readers create images to form unique interpretations, clarify thinking, draw conclusions, and enhance understanding
  • what about the poem is most important?
  • how will you show it?
3. readers’ images are influenced by others shared responses
  • did your image change after hearing others’ responses
4. images are fluid, readers adapt them to incorporate new information as they read
  • Create a 4 square sheet to record the changes

Tried and True Texts for Mental Images
Close Your Eyes
by Jean Marzollo
Color Me Rhyme
by Jane Yolen
Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky
by Georgia Heard
Footprints and Shadows
by Anne Westcott Dodd
Goodnight to Annie
by Eve Merriam
by Jane Yolen
I Am the Ocean
by Suzanna Marshak
Mountain Streams
(compact disc)
The Napping House
by Audrey Wood
Night in the Country
by Cynthia Rylant
Night Sounds, Morning Colors
by Rosemary Wells
Putting the World to Sleep
by Shelley Moore Thomas
Quiet, Please
by Eve Merriam
The Salamander Room
by Anne Mazer
Say Something
by Mary Stoltz
What Does the Rain Play
? By Nancy White Carlstrom
When I’m Sleepy
by Jane R. Howard
Wild, Wild, Sunflower Child
by Nancy White Carlstrom
The Zoo at Night
by Martha Robinson

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