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Six Strategies to Improve Comprehension

Strategies to Improve Comprehension

The Imagine That! Stories are a great supplement to the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program. They are also used with Seeing Stars® and LiPS® students to develop fluency and comprehension. These high-interest and engaging stories include graded reading levels to develop the imagery-language connection for listening and reading comprehension. Here are some helpful hints to improve comprehension with the Imagine That! Stories:

1. Practice both reading and listening comprehension, even for older students and students with decoding difficulties. Alternate between reading an Imagine That! story and having the student read the story. Students love the high interest, fun, and engaging content found in Fascinating People and Wonders of the Natural World.

2. Overlap grade levels depending on the task. This allows you to differentiate your lesson based on student need. Example: Try a Whole Paragraph task at a 4th-grade level and then try a Multisentence by Multisentence task with a 5th-grade story. Here are Imagine That! Stories Book B, 4th grade, WP, page 30 and  Imagine That! Stories Book B, 5th grade, MSxMS, page 18 samples:
Imagine That! Stories Book B Whole Paragraph page 30Imagine That! Stories Book B Page 18

3. Scaffold the lesson by introducing unknown vocabulary first. Show a picture of a new vocabulary term or do a quick Word Imaging activity to check that the student is visualizing the word.

4. Develop Higher Order Thinking skills
 by prompting the student. Refer to student’s key images from the text. Example: From everything you pictured, what do you predict will happen next?

5. Extend the lesson to address English Language Arts standards, such as asking students to cite evidence from text. You can prompt students to recall their images that support the evidence from the story.

6. Extend the lesson to a writing activity, where students use their imagery to create cue cards for each “chunk” of the story. The cue cards are then sequenced in an outline format and used to create a coherent written summary. A card will include the main idea (image) of each chunk along with the most important supporting details.

Cue Card

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