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Comprehension Strategy: Sensory Images

Lesson: Using the Senses to Understand the Story

1. Before the lesson: Make a chart with five columns. Label the  columns: see, hear, taste, feel, smell.

2. Read the book
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen aloud to  your students if they have not heard it before.

3. Tell the students that good readers put themselves in the story by thinking about what the characters in the story see, hear, taste, feel and smell. Read the book aloud to the students again and look for examples of images the author uses that fit the categories. List them as you read. Some examples of what might be recorded: see  - "moon so bright the sky seemed to shine", hear - train whistle blew a sad song, taste - furry scarf over my mouth, feel - cold, like an icy hand on my back, smell - (I didn't find anything for this category so I would leave it  blank unless a student suggested something.)

4. Talk to students about  what these images "remind them of" and how they help them to understand the story.

Submitted by CheriSumm@aol.com.

Wyann, bwstanton@dellnet.com has created a sheet you can use when working with sensory images. It was created in  Word and recreated in Adobe Acrobat.

Sensory Image Sheet
(.doc  extension - Word)

Sensory Image Sheet
(.pdf  extension - Adobe)

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