This organizer helps students boost comprehension through making mental images and later helps them summarize using the Someone Wanted But So Then summarizing strategy. We use this organizer during chapter book read alouds. It worked especially well with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
How we teach it:
1. Model how to draw a detailed mental image. Have a student read a paragraph of an especially descriptive book (Cynthia Rylant is a great author for this.) Then, on chart paper, draw as the student reads. After the paragraph is finished, explain your drawing and thinking process.
2. Show students the organizer. The left space is for their drawing. Remind them that they can label their drawings, write words if they choose, and even sequence their drawings if it makes sense for them. Read a chapter aloud and have students draw their mental image. Have them share with others to see how we all interpret text differently.
3. Model the Someone Wanted But So Then summarizing strategy. Use a projector or document camera and have students contribute to the summary. They can write along with you on their own papers.
4. When students are confident on their own, simply give them an organizer before you start reading and they can draw as you read, and then write their summaries afterward.
We hope this helps boost your students' comprehension and summary skills!