A series of activities which invite readers into a text without having to read the whole text from left to right and top to bottom. Understanding is enhanced through the use of tactile experiences, which move from the general to the specific. A "Sketch to Stretch" strategy is then used to retell the contents of the text, and offers the reader an opportunity to clarify and compare his/her meaning with others, and move beyond what is actually contained within the text. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.