As a high school English teacher in the South Bronx, I've come to see that one of the most critical reading strategies to teach my students who have trouble accessing a challenging text (such as The Great Gatsby) is visualization. Giving students the confidence and ability to make a text come to life by visualizing memorable moments or scenes creates tremendous buy-in and interest. Over the years, I've perfected teaching this skill to struggling students by creating scaffolds that ensure students can be successful "artists."
This graphic organizer and visualization strategy has three components: 1) Brainstorm it. 2) Draw it. 3) Reflect on it. The organizer and directions are generic, so it can be used while teaching any literary text, whether a poem, short story or a novel.
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