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Keywords:

  • Comprehension ;
  • Imagery;
  • visualizing;
  • Literature ;
  • Literature-based instruction;
  • Children's literature;
  • Fiction;
  • Nonfiction;
  • Poetry;
  • Motivation/engagement ;
  • Interest;
  • Strategies ;
  • methods ;
  • and materials ;
  • Instructional strategies;
  • teaching strategies;
  • Reading strategies;
  • Study strategies;
  • Supplementary resources;
  • Textbooks;
  • Tutoring;
  • Writing strategies;
  • Struggling learners ;
  • Instructional intervention;
  • Theoretical perspectives ;
  • Cognitive;
  • To learners in which of the following categories does your work apply?;
  • Childhood ;
  • Early adolescence

Abstract

Explicit instruction on the skill of creating mental imagery from text supports reading comprehension and recall. This article shares a strategy for teaching students how to process what they read by comparing mental imagery to “brain movies.” It emphasizes choosing appropriate fiction and nonfiction texts to encourage readers to build the skill of creating mental imagery, and offers examples from two classrooms on how students use brain movies to make meaning from what they read.