“Can You See It?” is a tool to help with the comprehension strategy of visualization. It has been my experience that many of our children with language impairments have trouble with both written and auditory comprehension because they do not have the skills needed to properly visualize something that they hear or read.
“Can You See It?” is a series of 10 short passages, each accompanied by a field of 6 illustrations. Three out of the six illustrations are related to the passage and something that the student could have potentially visualized while the story was being read to him/her. Some of the incorrect choices are very close to the target they should have visualized. This is to emphasize how vocabulary that is semantically related can often be confused with each other for our students with language impairments (i.e., confusing trees for flowers), which then impedes their ability to answer comprehensions questions correctly due to incorrect or nonexistent visualizations. There are then 2-3 comprehension questions that if the visualization strategy was used correctly, can be easily answered. Also included, are two additional passages, without illustrations, to allow the student to practice drawing some accompanying illustrations based on what’s heard or read.
My resource can be used several ways. You can laminate them and do a “smash mat” activity, during which the student will smash a piece of play dough on the correct illustrations when she hears them in the story.
You can leave it unlaminated, give the students the visualizations and have them circle the visualizations that they hear as you read aloud the corresponding passage.
To use as a reading comprehension strategy, you can have them read it to themselves and circle the illustrations as they read.