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Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Template

Grade Level/Subject: 2nd grade


Central Focus: To visualize a story through sketches without seeing the

pictures of the story.

Essential Standard/Common Core Objective: CCSS.ELA-

LITERACY.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and

words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its
characters, setting, or plot.

Date submitted:

Date taught:

Daily Lesson Objective: Students are going to show their understanding of the book Greyling by drawing the mental
images they visualize while the book is read. Students whose pictures correspond with the story based on the characters
and setting will be considered meeting the objective.
21st Century Skills:
Academic Language Demand (Language Function and Vocabulary):
Visualize, mental images, and schema
Prior Knowledge: Students should understand visualization and that as a reader you can visualize the story.


1. Focus and Review

2. Statement of Objective
for Student

3. Teacher Input

Description of Activities and Setting

Today we are going to continue our unit of visualization. Who can tell me
what visualization is? Allow time for students to answer. Right, visualization
is when we are making mental images or a movie in our mind based on what
we hear in the story.
Today we are going to talk more about visualizing. We are going to read a
story without seeing the pictures and we are going to sketch out the mental
images we get based on what we are hearing. Listening to the characters,
setting, and plot is going to help us draw these images.
Day One: Today we are going to read the story Greyling by Jane Yolen. We
are only going to read the first half today. While I read I want you to think
about the movie you are making in your mind because as I read I am not
going to show you the pictures. While we are reading I am also going to
visualize what I see. I will start to read and while I am reading I will be
drawing a picture on my post it. Stop on page three. Lets stop here for a
second. I want to show you a picture I drew as I was reading. While reading
the movie in my mind started to see the man and the woman hoping for a
child. I then drew what I saw on my paper. Here is my sketch of the man and
the woman hoping for a child. When we got to page three and I read about
the man working I think drew a picture of him working. When I read it say he
was working with nets I automatically thought of the beach that is why I
drew an ocean. This is my schema, you all may have been thinking of a
different mental image. Remember that a mental image is what you see
going on in your mind.


2 minutes


4. Guided Practice

5. Independent Practice

6. Assessment Methods of
all objectives/skills:

Day One continued: Now I am going to finish reading the first half. While I
read I am going to sketch. I want you all to be thinking about what you would
be drawing. Think about the mental image you will be making because when
we are done I am going to share the rest of my images with you and I want to
hear what you visualized. I finish reading the first half of the story and
drawing my pictures. Okay now lets take a look at all the mental images I
sketched. I drew the man and the woman outside their house longing for their
son. I drew the man working on the beach with his net. I drew the man
finding a seal and taking him home. I drew the mother being so happy when
she saw that he was a little boy with grey hair. I will place the sketches on the
board while I explain each so the students can see. What mental images did
you visualize in your mind while I was reading the story? I will allow time for
students to answer. While they are explaining their images I will write them
on the board under my pictures corresponding their thought under the ones
that I drew. You all had some great movies you made in your mind. It is okay
if you all had some different mental images in your head then me because we
all have different schema! Now we are going to read the first half of the story
again, this time I will allow you to see the images. Read the first half. Did your
images connect with the actual images illustrated in the book? Do you think
listening to what was written helped you decide the setting and what
characters you would illustrate in your picture? I will allow time for students
to express their ideas. Tomorrow while I am reading the second half, you are
going to get to try your hand at sketching your mental images like I did.
Remember to think about what you are hearing in the story as far as what
the setting is and what characters are being involved on that particular page,
this will help you visualize even better!
Day Two: Yesterday we continued our unit on visualization and we are going
to finish up the lesson today. We read a story without seeing the pictures and
I drew my mental images that I saw while reading then shared them with
you. Today you all are going to draw your mental images while I read. I am
going to read the second half of the book without showing you the pictures
and this time you may draw what you are visualizing. Hand out the mental
images worksheet to all the students. Start to read the book stopping at
every page to allow time for students to draw. Once done with the story say:
Who would like to share what they visualized? I will allow ample time for
students to share what they drew.
The students will be informally assessed when discussing in the guided practice what they
were visualizing. I will also assess the students based on how their visual sketches
corresponded to the story. If their sketches were on track with what was going on in the
story as far as setting and characters then they will be considered meeting the objective.

You all did great today with drawing your mental images to correspond with
the story. You all provided great schema and reasoning behind your sketches.
Now you know that you can visualize a story yourself without seeing the
7. Closure
illustrations. Do you have any final questions or comments about what we
talked about today? Allow time for students to answer and answer any
questions they may have.
All students met the objective by drawing pictures that corresponded with the story.
8. Assessment Results of
Although all pictures where different because of different mental images all went along
all objectives/skills:
with the storyline.
Targeted Students Modifications/Accommodations:
Student/Small Group Modifications/Accommodations:
Students who may having visual or hearing problems
For remediation we would work in a small group to talk about
would be seated closer to me while I was reading the
visualizing. We would re-read grayling and together all sketch
story. Some students may need provided little copies
out what we visualize and then share with each other why we
of the book to look at. They would be provided but
visualized that.
without pictures so that

The book Greyling by Jane Yolen

Post it notes
Mental Images worksheet for each student

References: My corresponding teacher gave me the lesson!

Reflection on lesson: I reflected on my Weebly site.