Visualizing Willy Wonka

posted Nov 21, 2014, 1:44 PM by Patrick Johnson
Today we continued to work on our reading comprehension strategy: The Power to Visualize. Today we focused on visualizing characters from a chapter book. I read a couple of pages from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Specifically, the pages that describe Willy Wonka:

And what an extraordinary little man he was! He had a black top hat on his head. He wore a tail coat made of a beautiful plum-coloured velvet. His trousers were bottle green. His gloves were pearly gray. And in one hand he carried a fine gold-topped walking cane.... (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Puffin Books 1964)

Students visualized what Willy Wonka looked like (I didn't tell them the title of the book that I was reading the description from) and drew the character in their reader workshop books. Afterwards, students shared their drawings (and their visualizations of Willy Wonka) in a gallery walk and we discussed the picture words the writer used in the book.

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