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2.4.1 The Visualizing Strategy for Struggling Students

Time to Read

Read the following description of the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) Visualizing Strategy for students with disabilities:

In the Visualizing Strategy, students take the text that they read and turn it into a storyboard or comic strip in their minds. This helps students engage their imaginations and more of their senses than just reading. Students gain insight into the experiences of the people they read about; placing themselves in someone else's perspective helps students empathize with his or her emotions. Also, visualizing important moments in the text helps students remember them later.

In the Visualize Strategy, teachers stop at key points while reading and invite students to create a picture, movie, or sound clip in their minds about what they just read. The students could visualize one moment in time or a sequence of events as if they were there. They might take the perspective of a character in a story or an historical figure in a nonfiction text. They could imagine the same scene from more than one perspective. Whichever perspective they choose, students should close their eyes and imagine the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings. The more vivid they make their visualizations, the more real it will feel, and the better they will remember the text they just read.

Source: UDL Editions by CAST   

  Time to Extend

UDL is discussed further in the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS): A Comprehensive Framework for Implementing the California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS) professional learning module. See Unit 3 for the most detailed explanation.