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Visualizing Strategy:Reading Comprehension and Developing a First Draft

September 11, 2014

Aligned TEKS

K.10(A) identify the topic and details in expository text heard or read, referring to the words and/or illustrations;

1.14(A) restate the main idea, heard or read;

2.14(A) identify the main idea in a text and distinguish it from the topic;

3.13(A) identify the details or facts that support the main idea;

4.11(A) summarize the main idea and supporting details in text in ways that maintain meaning;

5.11(A) summarize the main ideas and supporting details in a text in ways that maintain meaning and logical order;

Visual learners may benefit from viewing and discussing folk art.
Students can view a colorful, detailed folk art piece and identify the topic and details of the piece.
They can be asked to restate the main idea they visualize.
Students can then be asked to identify details or facts that support the main idea.
Students can use a graphic organizer to write a sentence that summarizes the main idea.  Then they can add the detail sentences.
After visual learners have practice identifying the topic, main idea, and details of a piece of folk art, they will be able to transition into using these skills to comprehend a passage that is read.
Use this Power Point for discussion.
After spending time with different pieces of art, students can then be asked to draw their own piece of folk art.
Remind students to think of the theme, the main idea, and the details of their folk art.
Students will then write the story depicted in their folk art.
Use this Power Point for discussion and whole group writing.
After the class has written a story together, they can then be directed to draw their own picture and write the story.

Aligned Writing TEKS
K.13(B) develop drafts by sequencing the action or details in the story (with adult assistance);

1.17(B) develop drafts by sequencing ideas through writing sentences;

2.17(B) develop drafts by sequencing ideas through writing sentences;

3.17(B) develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs;

4.15(B) develop drafts by categorizing ideas and organizing them into paragraphs;

5.15(B) develop drafts by choosing an appropriate organizational strategy (e.g., sequence of events, cause-effect, compare-contrast) and building on ideas to create a focused, organized, and coherent piece of writing;

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