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  1. 1. Problem <ul><li>Michelle reads words accurately, but she can’t comprehend the content. She has difficulty connecting to language she reads or language she hears. Words seem to go in one ear and out the other. People think she is not trying, and she has been labeled a “motivation” or “attention” problem. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Cause <ul><li>A primary cause of language comprehension problems is difficulty creating an imaged gestalt – a whole. This is called weak concept imagery. This weakness causes individuals to only get “parts” such as a few facts or details rather than the whole picture. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Individuals with weak concept imagery have difficulty with….. <ul><li>reading comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>may not easily follow directions or connect to conversations </li></ul><ul><li>difficulty expressing ideas in an organized manner </li></ul>
  4. 4. Symptoms <ul><li>Weak reading comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Weak oral language expression </li></ul><ul><li>Weak oral language comprehension </li></ul><ul><li>Weak written language skills </li></ul>
  5. 5. Comprehension Auditory Visual Phonological Awareness Orthographic Awareness Contextual Reading Oral Vocabulary Language
  6. 6. <ul><li>Symbol imagery – a static type of imagery for processing parts </li></ul><ul><li>Concept imagery – a dynamic type of imagery for processing wholes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Visualizing/Verbalizing <ul><ul><li>The climate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Picture to picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word imaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Single sentence imaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence by sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence by sentence imaging with Higher Order Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple sentence imaging with Higher Order Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole Paragraph imaging with Higher Order Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraph by paragraph imaging with Higher Order Thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Page Imaging with Higher Order Thinking </li></ul></ul>Higher Order Thinking – imaging for main idea, conclusions, inferences and predictions
  8. 8. Let’s give it a try… Picture to Picture
  9. 9. Picture to Picture what size color number shape where movement mood background perspective when sound Structure words
  10. 10. Let’s give it a try… Word Imaging
  11. 11. Let’s give it a try… Sentence by Sentence Imaging with Higher Order Thinking
  12. 12. The Ice Slide <ul><li>The black and white penguin waddled on his short legs to the top of the ice hill. He stared down at the cold water. Then he flopped on his belly and slid down the smooth ice. He splashed head-first in the water and flapped his wings to swim fast. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The bravest man in the rodeo is the one dressed up as a clown. When a cowboy topples off a bucking bull, the rodeo clown runs between the cowboy and the raging bull. The clown dances and waves his arms to draw the bull away from the cowboy. The crowd cheers as he teases and dodges the bull until the cowboy gets away. The clown takes a bow as men ride in on horseback and herd the bull out of the arena. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Higher Order Thinking Questions <ul><li>Picture summary </li></ul><ul><li>Word summary </li></ul><ul><li>Using your images, what is the main idea of this story? </li></ul><ul><li>From what you pictured, why do you think the clown might be braver than the cowboy </li></ul><ul><li>From your images, why do you think the crowd cheered for the clown? </li></ul><ul><li>From your images, why do you think it might have helped for there to be more than one horse that came in to herd the bull away? </li></ul>