From The Kite
Runner, p. 49
"I loved wintertime
in Kabul. I loved it
for the soft
pattering of snow
against my window
at night, for the
way fresh snow
crunched under my
black rubber boots,
for the warmth of
the cast-iron stove
as the wind
screeched through
the yards, the
I visualize a little boy
looking out of his
window as the snow is
coming down. He is
sitting there not saying
anything but thinking
about the way the snow
would feel if he were
out walking in it. I can
feel the warmth of the
cast-iron stove as I think
about how it feels to
come in out of the cold
into a warm house. I can
also think about the
sound of the wind
blowing outside.
Visualizing provides a "movie in the mind," which allows
students to monitor their reading. When the movie isn't clear
or stops altogether, a student knows that comprehension has
also stopped (Roe & Smith, 2005).
Dialectical Response Example
Visualizing (sometimes also referred to as
visualization, sensory imaging, or imaging) is
the process or result of forming mental images
while reading or listening to a story. "Imaging
is figurative language at work" (Harris &
Hodges, 1995, p. 113).

As Zimmermann and Hutchins (2003) discuss,
sensory images are the cinema scenes
unfolding in your mind that make reading
three-dimensional. Images are fluid; readers
adapt them to incorporate new information as
they read. These images come from all five
senses—and from the emotions they evoke—
and are anchored in the reader's prior

When readers draw on their knowledge and
experiences to see pictures in their minds,
they are engaging in visualization. By vividly
visualizing the events depicted by the author's
words, creative readers allow themselves to
become part of the story; they see the colors,
hear the sounds, feel the textures, taste the
flavors, and smell the odors the writer
describes. They will find that they are living
the story as they read. By doing this, they will
enjoy the story more and understand it more
deeply (Roe & Smith, 2005).

Ms. U's Contrast Example (using "scant
description" strategy from Ms. Struck)

The laboratory contained many objects.


"A Lab Right Out Of A Horror Movie"
(pages 426-428)

Excepts from Visualizing
by Arleen Struck
Excerpts from Visualizing
by Arleen Stuck