The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension, Conversation, and Confidence

October 8, 2019 - Comment

The Art of Comprehension [creates] an invisible thread that stretches across varied professional contexts to connect art, literacy, and all content areas.—From the forward by Dr. Mary Howard   In The Art of Comprehension, Trevor A. Bryan introduces his signature method for enhancing students’ understanding and thinking about all texts—both written and visual. By using what he

The Art of Comprehension [creates] an invisible thread that stretches across varied professional contexts to connect art, literacy, and all content areas.
—From the forward by Dr. Mary Howard
 
In The Art of Comprehension, Trevor A. Bryan introduces his signature method for enhancing students’ understanding and thinking about all texts—both written and visual. By using what he calls “access lenses” (such as faces, body language, sound/silence) you can prompt all your students to became active explorers and meaning-makers. Organically and spontaneously, your classroom will become more student-centered.  Discover inventive ways to prompt students to notice, think about, and synthesize visuals—using the same observation and comprehension skills they can bring to reading and writing.Learn about ways to unravel layers of meaning in picture books, chapter books, artwork, poetry, and informational text.Explore the book’s eclectic collection of art and illustration, by acclaimed illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, 19th century masters, and more.  Bryan’s approach allows all students to engage meaningfully with texts and join the classroom conversation. With this comes the greatest reward of all: confidence and independence for all kinds of learners.

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Anonymous says:

Really Helpful for Reading Teachers As a middle school reading teacher, I really found this book to be helpful. I’ve tried implementing some of the techniques mentioned in the book, and the students really seemed to enjoy the change of pace in their reading lessons when we started analyzing artwork.

Anonymous says:

Brilliant! Outstanding classroom resource for teaching readers and writers!

Anonymous says:

Great read Great book! Have used it with a few teachers to help support EL students.

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