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What You See is What You Read

Renee Benefield


A picture is worth a thousand words! Looking at a bookcover, students make predictions about a story. They draw their predictions then listen to the story. The students compare predictions and past experiences after the lesson.


The student uses prior knowledge, illustrations, and text to make predictions.


-Student crayons, pencils
-Several children’s books that have pictures on the cover
-FRANKLIN GOES TO THE HOSPITAL by Sharon Jennings (or whatever book you would like to incoorporate with your unit of study)
-Chart paper


Acquire book for lesson, have chart paper, paper for students


1. Teacher calls students to the floor for a story time.

2. Teacher explains that we can gain all kinds of information from pictures around us.

3. Teacher explains that when we look at or hear a story, we think about something that may have happened to us ( prior knowledge).
4. Teacher explains the words in the book will go along with the pictures.

5. Teacher shows a book as an example for the students to make predictions about.

6. Teacher gives non-examples such as showing a book about turtles and then stating that this book is about elephants.

7. Teacher prompts the students when they look at the next book they will do an activity to help prove that pictures and words go together in books and give meaning to each other.

8. Teacher explains that the students will be shown a book and they can only see the cover.

9. The students will look at the cover of the book, FRANKLIN GOES TO THE HOSPITAL (or whatever book you are using) and draw a picture of what they think will happen in the book.

10. Pass out paper to students.

11. Students return to their desks and begin drawing.

12. Teacher calls for class to return to the floor.

13. Read the book FRANKLIN GOES TO THE HOSPITAL (or whatever book you are using) aloud to the students.

14. While reading, the teacher will ask questions to elicit student predictions about some of the situations in the book.

15. At the conclusion of the story, the teacher will ask the students if their predictions were in line with what really happened.

16. Teacher writes on chart paper some of the student predictions. Teacher asks probing questions to get the students to discuss prior knowledge that would have helped them make their predictions.

17. Teacher can write some non-examples that would not go along with the story.


The assessment will consist of a performance response which will be a student drawing only. Student responses should reflect that the student used prior knowledge, illustrations, and text to make logical predictions based on their observation of the cover.


This lesson can be used with any book or article that would support the ongoing subjects that the class may be working on.
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