Strategy: Guided Imagery
Pressley, M. (1977). Mental imagery helps eight-year-olds remember what they read. Journal of Educational Psychology, 68, 355-359.
Long, S. A., Winograd, P. N., & Bridge, C. A. (1989). The effects of reader and text characteristics on imagery reported during and after reading. Reading Research Quarterly, 24(3), 353-372.
Researchers have proven that the use of Guided Imagery prior to reading a text will improve comprehension. It is important because it activates prior knowledge, allows students to visually perceive concepts, helps them to clarify and solve problems, and lets them use their imaginations. It is important when using Guided Imagery that the teacher select a text in which there are excellent images.
Note: For students who have difficulty organizing, storing, and retrieving information, it can be suggested that they use their five senses during reading. Following are questions they might ask themselves as they read. How do I feel? What am I smelling? Where am I? What is going to happen next?
Created with assistance by Tamara Jetton.
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