Proficient readers scan and interpret text, forming a mental image of what is happening. A visualization made while reading will texture a scene with details that the text may not spell out—an indication of successful text comprehension. Support students in using all of their senses to engage with and imagine the world of a text. Multiple, differentiated models, practice, and support—drawing on UDL principles—will help all your students learn how to bring text to life as they read.

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Skilled readers see more than just the words on a page. Skilled readers go beyond the words on a page to picturing characters, places, descriptions, and processes. Using technology tools, in combination with the suggested practices below, can help your students learn how to visualize as they read to comprehend text.


  1. Provide Clear Explanations
  2. Give Students Strategies and Models
  3. Provide Opportunities for Practice