Reflection: Rules and Consequences Mental Movie Reading Strategy: Visualization - Section 2: Connecting Prior Knowledge to Mental Movie:


Often in the middle of lesson you will have one or two students that feel the need to be a comedian. In the case of this lesson we got to the ice cream scenario and I had a student bring up that the kid was going to crash into something because he was only watching his ice cream. This was a great comment but another student decided to take it the next step further. This student thought it would now be fun to run with idea and talk about the kid running into a tractor and getting hurt. This can usually cause the thinking of others to also go down hill because the door has been open and they want that attention too.

When this happens I like to ask the student with the wild comment to prove to the class that their response was reasonable for the scenario. In this case, there was never a mention of a tractor. I then asked the class if we can visualize whatever we want when we read or does the author leave us clues. We then briefly talked about the importance of paying attention to what the author is telling us so that we can visualize the story to helps understand. This calling a student out of sorts is done very calmly and respectfully. I know students like to be silly, but by using it as a teaching moment it stops the spiral and also diverts the class from the student. I also did it this way so that if the student was a kid who might regret what they said it the moment is then centered around teaching and gets them off the hook quickly.

  Rules and Consequences: Comedians
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Mental Movie Reading Strategy: Visualization

Unit 1: Reading Strategies: Beginning of the Year
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT comprehend what they read by practicing the strategy of visualization or creating a mental movie about what they are reading.

Big Idea: Mental movie making is fun and students love the idea that they are about to make their own. The lesson is geared at visualization and activating prior knowledge. This lesson is a fun way to practice and mode the strategy.

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