What is visualization?

Students investigate and practice various means of visually representing ideas, thoughts, and concepts surrounding a specific topic, theme or inquiry.

Time To Complete 

2+ Hours

Content Areas 

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Learning Strands 

  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

I Can Statements 

  • I can mentally visualize, creating an image in my imagination or mind's eye
  • I can creatively visualize, combining visuals/imagery and text to express my visualization

I will know my visualizing is high quality when: It expresses what I see in my imagination or mind's eye, combining visuals/imagery and text to communicate


Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students to check their understanding of vizualizing
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing one of the activities below
Possible Activities 
  1. Labeled Setting​: ​Through this activity, students visualize and then draw the place a text describes. Using words from the text, they label their drawing with the descriptors and clues that guided their visualization. This activity helps students to elaborate their mental image of the setting, and to explicitly connect and justify their visualizations with textual references.

  2. Sketch to Stretch​: This activity provides students instruction and practice in a range of options for students to respond to texts

  3. Making Meaningful Visualizations​: In this activity, adapted from Kelley & Clausen-Grace’s Comprehension Shouldn’t Be Silent (2013), students will evaluate their visualizations and determine which ones were effective in improving their comprehension. The purpose of this activity is to help students make more meaningful visualizations.

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