California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) webinar, recorded June 13, 2009. Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Petrich. Reading comprehension is often tested, but rarely is it taught. Thus, readers with poor reading comprehension never have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to improve their comprehension. The Visualizing/ Verbalizing program, developed by Nanci Bell, uses visualizing and verbalizing exercises to stimulate concept imagery—the ability to take the “parts” of what is read and put them together into a complete picture. Strengthening concept imagery helps to improve not only comprehension, but reasoning and expressive language skills as well. Workshop attendees will observe and practice these visualizing/verbalizing activities for items of differing levels of complexity, from a simple picture to a multi-paragraph passage of text. In addition, attendees will learn how to use these activities to help learners improve their comprehension and critical thinking skills.

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